Setsubun Celebration 節分

Setsubun Celebration 節分

February 3rd is a Japanese celebration called “Setsubun” — a seasonal division— to celebrate the day before the spring in  the lunar calendar.  It gives me a very positive feeling as the walk towards spring has begun.


Western part of Japan, where I am from, has a tradition to eat a big roll of sushi while facing a “lucky” direction of the year.  We have to finish eating the whole roll without talking to keep the good spirit inside our body.  I remember I couldn’t help giggling at the dinner table.

This year we celebrated a day early as we had friends over.  The lucky direction is “South South East”.  The whole roll was a little big, so a half would do.  The quietest dinner with friends ever, but I am glad they got to experience a little Japan with us.

This tradition of the Western Japan is practiced in many parts of Japan now, though I believe it’s a new trend.  Many Japanese college friends I met hadn’t heard of this.  It was over 15 years ago in Atlanta, GA when I felt nostalgic to practice this custom on 2/3 and called in a Japanese restaurant to order “Futomaki”—a big roll— after work.  I was so excited, all pumped up to tackle my roll.  I opened the lid of the take-out box.  I was so stunned.  My roll was pre-cut!!  Oh, you can imagine how disappointed I was.  I admit I neglected to mention my futomaki to be a whole.  But I feel the popularity of this tradition is definitely spreading when I found the non-cut futomaki rolls on sale the day before “Setsubun” in California this year.


I also made “Fuku mame,” —Goodluck Bean (roasted soy beans) to go with the tradition.  Evil out, Fortune in.  May the year be filled with health and good fortune for you and your family.

For more information about Setsubun, please see below.





Setsubun (節分) is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan.[1][2] The name literally means "seasonal division", but usually the term refers to the spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun (立春) celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival (春祭, haru matsuri).[3] In its association with the Lunar New Year, spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as 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 (豆撒き, literally "bean scattering"). Setsubun has its origins in tsuina (追儺), a Chinese custom introduced to Japan in the eighth century.[2]

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