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節分 豆まき, Scatter of the beans

  "Setsubun 節分" originally means "division of seasons based on the old lunar calendar". 

  Then, it has come to mean the day of the coming spring these days.

  Japanese usually celebrates it on February 3rd.  On that day, people scatter the roasted soy beans as a custom called "Mame-maki 豆まき".


  Mame-maki at home  


  It's done in the evening.  We scatter the beans inside and outside our houses while chanting "Oni wa soto!  Fuku wa uchi" 鬼は外福は内. That means "Get demon out of the house!" -throwing beans to outside- and "Welcome happiness into the home!" - throwing beans from outside to inside.


  As other practices on that day, we eat the eaqual numbers of or plus one beans to our age after scattering and also eat fat rolls called Eho-maki (恵方巻, a whole roll for a person).


  Mame-maki festival  


  Not a few shrines and temples all over the country hold the festival where the priests, VIP of the city, and well known guests like sports and movie stars scatter the beans from the temporary stage in their grounds.  At Kamakura's shrines and temples as well.








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