2020 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 on Feb 3.
First, students learned the origin and meaning of Setsubun, then they enjoyed throwing the soybeans shouting “Oni wa soto”! “Fuku wa uchi!
After the Mamemaki, they counted out and ate the number of roasted soybeans equal to their age.
Thank you for those students who volunteered to act as the Oni(ogre)!