Thursday, 24 September 2020

Oni out! Fortune in!

There is an old story in Japan about an Oni which is like a demon or devil. People have been believed that the Oni opens bad things such as a trouble or disaster since long time ago. The traditional Oni’s appearance is that they are blue or red and angry face, and have two horns and an iron rod.

On February 1st ,we throw away beans to Oni to push away it from our houses and hope state of perfect health for one year. When throwing away, we say “Oni out! Fortune in!”. Basically, father wears Oni’s mask to imitate Oni and they are thrown away beans from children. Finally, we eat threw beans of a same quantity as our age.

This event is called Setsubun.

 

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