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.