2018 Setsubun in Hagi

2018 Setsubun in Hagi

Setsubun is the day before Rissun (the beginning of spring) in Japan. It’s Feb.3 in the year 2018.

In Setsubun, we have a special ritual called Mamemaki, which is the throwing of roasted soybeans in and around one’s house or at a family member who wear ogre mask saying “Oni wa soto”! “Fuku wa uchi!”, which means “Ogre out! Luck in!” This is the ceremony to drive away evil spirits and to bring luck in. So we did Mamemaki with our students at our Hagi school.
The students learned the meaning of the Setsubun and how to make a box for the soybeans with Origami. Then the students who were chosen as the Oni came into the classroom wearing the ogre mask.
Every student enjoyed throwing the soybeans shouting “Oni wa soto”! “Fuku wa uchi!”ヽ(^o^)丿
I wish everyone good luck (*´▽`*)