Setsubun (February 3)
The setsubun means the division of seasons.Famous for Setsubun, February 2-4.On this day, in a custom called mame-maki, people throw and scatter roasted soy beans inside and outside their houses while saying, “Get goblins out of the house! Invite happiness into the home!”.It is a day such as the Halloween.
After throwing beans, each person eats the scattered beans equal to his or her age (the traditional Japanese system with everyone adding one year to their age at New Year’s).And, People eat Ehoumaki.Ehoumaki is Japanese food sushi roll.It refers to the sushi roll eating which on the day of Setsubun is considered to bring good luck, or the custom centered around the Kinki region of eating the ehomaki.According to the custom, one looks in the lucky direction of the year with closed eyes, and silently bites into a thick ehoumaki while thinking of his or her wish.
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