Hi! I'm Miyuki, a Japanese woman from Osaka, Japan. This blog is mainly about the introduction of places, events, and various stuff in southern part of Osaka City, Osaka, Kansai, and Japan

by berry-raspberry

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Setsubun

Yesterday, February 3 was a holiday, but not as a big holiday as other National holidays, because students have to go to school, and companies and stores are open, unless it’s Sunday.

People throw beans saying, “Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi”, means, demons out, good luck in, and eat the number on beans of our age.

According to the TV program yesterday, nobody knows the real origin of Setsubun, but it may be the new year event of China, and came in the 8th century.

Throwing beans is well-known, but the enjoyable event is food! We eat Eho-maki, a roll of sushi. While eating Eho-maki, we should not utter a word. We have to face a certain designated direction, which changes every year. This year’s direction was north-northeast.

We also have grilled sardine on this day.

Of course, it’s a very superstitious event, but people of all ages, from children to elderly people enjoy this event every year.

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(Photo: Eho-maki from a Sushi restaurant. Every sushi restraunt, supermarket, department store, and even convenience store thrives with ehomaki on the day of Setusbun.)

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(Photo: Grilled sardine from a fish store)
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by berry-raspberry | 2009-02-04 17:57 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)