Updated: Feb 15
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Now here's a mini-holiday that has it all: masked demons, food fights, silent sushi swallowing, reading a 16-point compass rose, and of course, making wishes.
So Setsubun is holiday that is meant to mark the passing of winter and the coming of spring. It's held on February 3rd, which, judging by the recent daily temperatures, is far too early. First, the Japanese chase a masked demon man (me this year) out of the house by throwing soybeans at him. This is symbolic of removing evil from the previous year from the home.
Later, each member eats as many soybeans as years old they are to welcome in the good luck. Luckily they don't eat the ones that have been scattered on the floor, but extras that have been roasted or cooked in some way.
Lastly, each person faces a particular direction of the compass that corresponds with the year's zodiac sign and eats an eho-maki roll in silence while wishing for good fortune to come with spring. What's particularly special about the eho-maki ritual is that the roll is uncut and one must eat it without pausing or removing it from your mouth.
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