2019 Setsubun – Hagi School
Setsubun is the day before Rissun (the beginning of spring) in Japan.
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.
After the teacher taught the students the origin and meaning of Setsubun, a ogre who is the today’s hero appeared.
Every student enjoyed throwing the soybeans shouting “Oni wa soto”! “Fuku wa uchi! ⌒▽⌒）/゜°。゜。°゜
Some students were throwing the soybeans at the teacher with a smile, shouting “Sensei wa soto”! , which means “teacher out”.
I wish everyone good luck(*´▽｀*)