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Setsubun

January had gone so quickly!

How have you been these days?

 

We'll talk about "Setsubun" and "Mamemaki", today.

"Setsubun" is the day before the begining of by the lunar calender.

It's usually February 2nd or 3rd.

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There would be "Mamemaki" - Scattering parched beans - on this day all over Japan, in many shrines, temples and even in homes.

It is because people say bad things happen at the turn of the seasons.

"Bean" is "Mame" in Japanese that has a homonymous word meaning "conscientious".

And by scattering beans, they try to drive out the evil spirits and bring in the fortunes.

They also eat the same number of beans as their age to wish for good health.

 

Can you image how fun it is?