Setsubun & Mamemaki

Today is a holiday to celebrate the coming of spring and it called "Setsubun".

We have a tradition of throwing dried soy beans on setsubun day called "Mame maki" is repsenting getting rid of bad luck and welcoming good luck.

As we throw the beans, we say "Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi." means

"Demons out! Fortune in."


This demon is done by my wife looks very weak.


My neighbor demon looks so real and strong.

My daughter was so scared by the demon.

After "Mamemaki" the demon went back home, so we have good luck for this year.

Thanks to my neighbor.