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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Demons Out! Good Fortune In!



It's Setsubun here in Japan, and most families will practice the custom of driving out bad luck and welcoming good fortune by throwing roasted soy beans out their door or at someone in the household, usually Papa, who is dressed up as a demon.

As the family members throw the beans, they will shout, "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!", which means, demons out, good fortune in. Also, it's not uncommon for the family members to pick up the amount of beans equal to their year and eat them.

Boy, am I full! ;)

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