February 3 was “Setsubun,” which is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. On this day, a sardine head is impaled on a branch and it is decorated in the doorway in order to keep demons away because we wish for our happiness.
There is also “Mamemaki,” a custom of roasted soy beans thrown either out the door or at a member of the family wearing an Oni (demon or ogre) mask, while saying “Demons out! Luck in!”
In addition, there is also a custom of quietly eating uncut makizushi called “ehō-maki” while facing Eho, Eho is the direction that was determined to be lucky based on the twelve zodiac signs of the year on the way of Yin and Yang. This year’s lucky direction is south-southeast.
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