Thursday, February 3, 2011

Setsubun

So, today is Setsubun. "What's Setsubun?" you ask? Well, I'm glad you asked that question. (Not really, I just thought I'd make you feel speshul)

Setsubun is a Japanese rite to welcome the coming of Spring, kinda the Far East version of Puxta... puckta... Whatever-the-fukta-tawney Phil.

First you have to eat a large sushi roll, facing SSE this year, saying nothing until you've finished the whole roll; which is a good idea since you can't really say much with a 4-in-diameter sushi in your mouth anyways (ask Linda Lovelace!).

Then someone puts on a demon mask and runs around the house while everyone else throws dried soy beans at them and chants "Oni wa sotoh, fookoo wa oochi". Bad spirits out, good fortune in. Then you all eat your age in beans, let the dog hoover up the rest, and head to bed.

And during the night, those dried beans cause some bad spirits to come out, all right...

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