Spring Preview: Setsubun! V.1

oni and fuku namagashi with plum blossoms

Setsubun・節分の日 is my favourite Japanese traditional event. This year it is on February 2nd and it marks the start of spring in the traditional Japanese calendar. It is a wonderful, fun holiday that is a day cleanses the negativity of the past year/winter and and welcomes good spirits.

One of the key parts of Setsubun is the refrain: ‘Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!・鬼は外! 福は内!’ Or: ‘Devil go away! Good fortune come in!’ So a lot of what you see during this time is the pair- the devil and its counterpart. Rabbit Moon・兎月 has their namagashi version of both and they are so cute and funny! No choice, I had to get both. I can’t wait for more setsubun sweets and adventures this week.

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