Setsubun (節分) is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan’s traditional calendar. The term literally translates to '“seasonal division” (setsu 節 = season, bun 分 = division). It is the day we throw roasted soy beans at Japanese Ogres (Oni 👹) and eat sushi!.
“Get out, demons! Come in good luck!”
This holiday is a fun event and popular especially among children. Growing up, I have a lot of fond memories. The head of the household traditionally throws roasted soy beans outside the front door while shouting the Setsubun mantra, "Oni wa soto! (Get out, demons!)" "Fuku wa uchi!" (Come in good luck"). At home, kindergartens or schools, someone would dress up as an oni and the children or students throw beans at the oni while yelling, “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!“
Ehomaki — a Sushi Roll for Wishing for Good Fortune in the New Year
Ehomaki is a sushi roll traditionally served on Setsubun night. Ehomaki is believed to bring good luck if you follow seven guidelines, one of which is to eat it in complete silence and with you facing to the year's correct direction (this year it is east-north-east).
Wishing everyone a happy Setsubun!