Bluebelle and Dylan. Mr. Fuzzy Fabulous and Sir Lee Scoresby are anxiously
waiting, that the
demon will disappear.
Festival or Bean-Throwing Ceremony) is the day before the beginning of
Spring in Japan.
It is celebrated around February 03. It is a festival that welcomes
Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year's
Setsubun is accompanied by different traditions: Mamemaki
A special ritual
to cleanse away all the evil of
the former year and
drive away disease-bringing evil-spirits for
year to come
is called mamemaki (豆
Makizushi Another custom at Setsubun is to eat uncut makizushi called
It is a long roll of sushi.
Miffy...one of us HAS to throw the beans. Not everyone can be the
soybeans are thrown either out the door or at a member of the family
wearing an Oni (demon) mask,
as he or she tries to get into the house, while the people in the
house say “Oni wa soto! (Demons out!)”.
have to eat as much soybeans as old as they are.
ha it's me, Cherry!!
people change the place and stay in front of their entrance door and
throw the soybeans into the house and say “Fuku wa uchi! (Luck in!)".
her Makizushi challenge.
Fabulous invited Dylan to a Setsubun dinner,
where he presented her his homemadeEho-Maki.
at Setsubun is to eat uncut makizushi
called Eho-Maki (恵
(lit. "lucky direction roll"). It
is a long roll of sushi.
Eho-Maki should be eaten in silence while facing
the yearly lucky compass direction,
determined by the zodiac
symbol of that year. Every
there is a new direction.
In the year 2013 it is “south-southeast”.
the people eat they are not allowed to talk,
because they have to focus on their dreams and goals for that
to eat Setsubun
1. Face the lucky direction ( Eho)of the year.
2. Eat an entire Sushi Roll without stopping.
3. You shouldn't speak until you are finished
with the sushi.
It's said that good
fortune will be gone if you speak.
is a direction which causes the fortune of the year. Eho changes every year, and it is
south-southeast direction in 2013.
rake) (節分熊手) has the meaning of gathering up happiness.
Here yon can see the devils mask on the one side and
the smiling face of a woman on the other side. The woman is named
is the Goddess of Joy and the principal at the Setsubun festivity
Her smile dispels evil with a laugh and a giggle.
Festivals at temples and shrines
At Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines
all over the country, there are celebrations
Priests and invited guests throw roasted soy
beans (some wrapped in gold or silver foil),
small envelopes with money, sweets, candies
and other prizes.
In some bigger shrines, even celebrities and
sumo wrestlers will be invited;
these events are televised nationally.
When People visit a shrine at the day of the
they go through the Otafuku face (smiling
face of a woman) installed on the shrines
Then they go into the shrine to pray, get
rid of bad luck and attend the bean throwing
Not only people throwing beans but also
devils dancing and monsters paying visit to
Adults as well as kids can enjoy the festive
mood of the shrine, trying a lottery and
nibbling on stall foods.
Setsubun price could be a Mini Setsubun Set
This is a Mini Setsubun Set which could be
one of the items,
which are thrown in temples and shrines
at that special day.
It contains a demon mask and roasted
soybeans in a bag.
Setsubun set and big Eho-Maki roll
Wooooooow!! This is a task. Bon Appetit!
Videos about Setsubun
English Description of Setsubun
by children at kindergarden or school at
of how to make Eho-Maki
Eho-Maki at Setsubun
Setsubun festivals at temples and shrines
festival 2010 at Toyokawa Inari Shrine in Akasaka :
big "Thank you" to Kaoru and Emiko for the Setsubun decoration
and the information about that day.
the Monchhichi photos by Heike Andrea Grote. You are not allowed to copy or
publish it. Thank you.