Today is setsubun, which is the day before the first day of spring. Taken from Wikipedia: “It isÂ a sort of New Year’s Eve,Â and so was accompanied by a special ritualÂ to cleanse away all the evilÂ of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spiritsÂ for the year to come. This special ritual is calledÂ mamemakiÂ (literally “beanÂ throwing”).Â Roasted soybeansÂ (called “fortune beans”Â (ç¦è±†Â fuku mame)) are thrown either out the door or at a member of the family wearing an Oni (demonÂ or ogre) mask, while the people say “Demons out! Luck in!”Â (é¬¼ã¯å¤–! ç¦ã¯å†…!Â Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!)Â and slam the door.”
If you know me, you know that this whole thing makes me incredible happy. Why? I don’t know. But it does. Â We have a little kit to perform this ritual, but B is out of town, so we’re waiting to do it until he comes home. We heard that there might be something going on at a shrine, so we went to Meiji Jingu to see if we could find any festivities. We did not find any. But we had a good time anyway.
I was intrigued by the metal work on the temple gates this time.
A monk. And for the Doctor minded among you- what appears to be a message ala River.
This made me laugh.
A train from the top.