Today is the 3rd February.. which means that it’s time for the yearly Setsubun!
If you don’t know what Setsubun is, Setsubun is “celebrated” every year on the first day of Spring (in Japan). On this day, the people of Japan perform a Mamemaki to drive away the Oni (demon). The head of the household or teacher will dress up as a demon with mask while the family members throw beans and yell “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!” (Demons Out! Luck to me!).
I do not have any pictures of this process, but will look into it next year.
Recently, the Japanese have introduced a new custom that involves eating a big sushi roll to gain a wish.
Obviously, I’m not going to pass on a big delicious sushi roll, so I went to the local super market to check it out. To my surprise, it was really cheap ranging from ¥500 to ¥1200 ($4 to $10).
How to gain your wish:
- Get a big sushi roll,
- Close your eyes,
- Eat the whole thing without stopping, pausing and no talking,
- Your wish will now come true!
I just talked and enjoyed my big sushi roll slowly though. ^-^