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Enjoy “Setsubun” (Bean throwing ceremony)!

“Setsubun” is the day before the first day of spring, which falls on February 3rd. In the evening of this day, we throw roasted soy beans inside and outside our houses with a cry of "Fuku wa uchi, Oni wa soto!" meaning "Out with the devil! In with good fortune!" Sometimes, we pick someone to play a part of Oni (devil) wearing a Oni mask who will be thrown soy beans at. We usually use roasted soy beans and they have several names such as “Setsubun-mame”, “Iri-mame” and “Fuku-mame”. There are some areas where people use peanuts for the event too.

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