Today is setsubun, which is the day before the first day of spring. Taken from Wikipedia: “It is a sort of New Year’s Eve, and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special ritual is called mamemaki (literally “bean throwing”). Roasted soybeans (called “fortune beans” (福豆 fuku mame)) are thrown either out the door or at a member of the family wearing an Oni (demon or ogre) mask, while the people say “Demons out! Luck in!” (鬼は外! 福は内! Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!) 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. 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.