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Wednesday, February 02, 2005


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Left for the future in mind is zero screen, but you never forget it

Carolyn Barnes

We have a great time with Setsubun at my house. My son and daughter-in-law ( she is Japanese) live in Japan and they send me the masks and beans every year. My grandchildren come over. I pin up the masks and they throw beans at them , shouting "Out with the old, in with the new" We call it getting rid of bad stuff, having good luck. They eat one bean for every year of their life.We kind of gear the occasion to whatever we want to think. I live in Texas, lived in Maryland for 5 years where I had asthma which was serious. When I moved away from the pollen the asthma went away, but my grandchildren are convinced that they helped get rid of it by shouting "Out with the old"


Hi Charles
That story sounds a little strange and sad.

Hi Iris
Thank you for another links, anyway I like happy end story.

Hi Orange
You have a son! And he like Setsubun story! ha ha Cute!


wow! what an interesant blog!! i like it a lot!! and it's from the other side of the world! I'm from Mexico =) i'll try to visit you so I can work out my english and improve it. Congratulations, and i enjoyed your story about Setsubun day. See you later.


I always wondered if throwing beans all over was intended to make people sweep the house thoroughly.

My Japanese instructor wrote a funny Setsubun story. A little girl asks her mother if they can do the Setsubun ritual, but every year in February, her mean father forbids it. He says it's superstitious and he will not allow it in his house. But while the father is at work, the little girl and the mother toss the beans, and yell "Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi!"
When the father comes home from work, he tries to open the door, but it will not open. He rings the doorbell, he can see his wife and daughter sitting inside, but they do not hear the bell. He rattles the door, he goes around the side of the house and knocks on the windows, but he cannot get their attention. As he stands outside the window, his wife comes to the window, looks right through him, and says "I wonder why your father is so late coming home from work?
Mr. Onizuka was never seen again.


Hello Mari, Thank you for introducing the folktales Naita Akaoni and Gongitsune. I enjoyed them. Here is a link that has some nice tales:


also, today in the U.S. is Groundhog's Day. If the groundhog sees his shadow, it means 6 more weeks of winter, if he doesn't, it means early spring. today he saw his shadow, so more winter for us; but that's ok, we need more snow where i live anyway!


wow, this is interesting. i was just reading my son a book last night entitled "Tokyo Friends" and it talked about saying: "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi" and it had a picture of some kids throwing beans at the devil. He thought it was pretty cool, and started saying it over and over again! The book also mentioned that it is considered good luck to eat the same number of beans that were thrown.

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