Setsubun Celebration

Futo-maki (fat roll) or Eho-maki is often eaten for a good luck on Setsubun day in Japan.

Futo-maki (fat roll) or Eho-maki is often eaten for a good luck on Setsubun day in Japan.

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Setsubun is the day preceding risshun that is the first day of spring according to the old Japanese calendar, or the so-called lunar calendar. On the day of Setsubun, there is the custom of throwing roasted soybeans while chanting "In with Fortune! Out with Evil" in order to prevent evil ogres from entering one's house. It is believed that the ogres are warded off by throwing beans, and that good fortune will then come to one's home. On this day, events with entertainers and athletes are held at shrines all over the country. According to Japanese tradition, if you eat the same number of beans as your age, you will enjoy a year of good health. http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/attractions/event/traditionalevents/a70a_fes_setsubun.html