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4th-Feb-2009 05:54 pm

Yesterday ( 3 Feb ), it was Setsubun Day here in Japan and like many other Japanese families, my mum, dad, brother and I had grilled fish, tasty clear soup with some scrambled eggs in it, and some rolled sushi with various kinds of ingredients in it for dinner which is eaten on this special day for celebrating the first day of Spring. Oh . . . they were simply DELICIOUS !!   ^_^

And after dinner, like many others, we threw some roasted soy beans, having them all scattered around the house to kick all unseen devils out of the house !

Here's the proper way to do it here in Japan;

1. Start with the rooms far back inside the house. First, you just go into a room and open the window and throw some beans out into the air, saying ONI-WAH SOTOH - ! ( which means DEVILS OUT. ) Then shut the window right away and throw beans into the corner of the room, saying FUKU-WAH UCHII - ! ( which means FORTUNE IN. )

2. After you are finished with every single room in the house, you go up to the front door, open it, and throw beans out into the dark, saying ONI-WAH SOTOH - ! And then you have to shut the door immediately before the already-thrown-out devils come back and get back inside ! Now, with the door firmly closed, throw some beans right inside the house, saying FUKU-WAH UCHII - !!

This way, you can drive all evil spirits away from your house . . . . . . or so I heard.  ^_^;

Happy Setsubun Day ~ !!  *hugs*
4th-Feb-2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
I don't believe I have any devils in my house but I know there is one disguised as my boss at work. I may need to try this there!!!

Happy Setsubun Day!!!

BTW, does Spring start earlier in Japan??? If if does, please send it to Connecticut, I'm really tired of all our wintery snow!!
5th-Feb-2009 12:55 am (UTC)
*Lol!* Oh...THAT famous boss of yours you keep talking about ! XD

Well, over here, IF there is someone disguised as oni(a devil with two horns), we throw beans at this one until he(or she) runs away, crying aloud !

Well...GOOD LUCK to you ! :D
4th-Feb-2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Fortune will favor you all and I hope that the springtime means many sakura of good luck. I also hope that good fortune blows eastward to me!
5th-Feb-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Well, you don't have to be a Japanese to try this one - you know, throwing beans and things like that to chase evil spirits away ! *giggles* So, perhaps you'd like to to try it yourself ? ;)

Well...FORTUNE IN to you, too ! :D
8th-Feb-2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Happy (very late) Sesubun Day to you too! What an interesting tradition.
9th-Feb-2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Well, what's more interesting about this is...after dinner and this little ritual of throwing beans, you MUST eat the number of beans equal to your age, plus one so you could keep evil spirits away from your body for the next one whole year ! XD

Happy ( belated ) Setsubun Day to you too ! :)
9th-Feb-2009 03:06 am (UTC)
I'd be eating a lot more than you, then! ;)
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