鬼は外! (oni wa soto)
Demons out! Good fortune in!
福は内! (fuku wa uchi)
|19(1)/366 - Beans (or peanuts, recently) to throw and chase out demons.|
It's 節分 (setsubun)*
spring renewal starts
*n is it's own syllable in Japanese, but if you don't count it, consider the line to read "it is setsubun"
lucky direction*** sushi
look there, hush**** and eat
**this is a type of fat rolled sushi, but while that is usually cut, for Setsubun, it is not cut because that would also cut your luck, so it's eaten as one long piece
***this year, the lucky direction is 北北西 (hoku-hokusei, north-northwest)
****tradition says that you have to eat it silently
|19(2)/366 - Tons of 恵方巻 (ehoumaki) lucky direction sushi at my local grocery store.|
|19(3)/366 - I might have gone shopping while hungry and over-bought. Oops.|