Posted in makeup by tokyostargirl on February 3, 2009

Today is Setsubun.

“On February 3rd of 2009, Setsubun will be celebrated throughout Japan. Falling at the end of the period defined by the solar principal term Daikan (Severe Cold), Setsubun occurs one day before the sectional term Risshun (Spring Begins).

Setsubun has been celebrated in many ways, but perhaps the most common custom found throughout Japan is the traditional Mame Maki or the scattering/throwing of beans (mame) to chase away the evil oni (ogres, evil spirits). After the ritual throwing of the beans, family members may then pick up the number of beans corresponding to their age; eating these brings assurance of good fortune in the coming year. These days, of course, it is not uncommon to see children dressed in masks of oni, others madly throwing beans, and all gleefully shouting for evil to hit the road. “


:: Miss Takako & I wearing oni masks so our students could chase after us and throw beans at us ::


:: One of the Japanese moms made this for her child’s lunch – how cute are these Oni??? ::

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  1. cheryl said, on February 4, 2009 at 5:51 AM

    what a great tradition! are u an english teacher in japan?

  2. jeannie said, on February 4, 2009 at 8:14 AM

    Nope – I don’t teach english! I teach at an international school here so the kids are from all over the world. =)

  3. Ahleessa said, on February 4, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    The masks are so cute, as well as, the food… hehe~

  4. Izumi said, on February 4, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    haha.. it’s literally ONIgiri 🙂 very cute still!

  5. mayk said, on February 5, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    ONI!!! was it momotaro who had to fight the oni?

    I get him and urashima taro confused.

  6. Meg said, on February 6, 2009 at 2:10 AM

    ooooh setsubun!! ive been so busy at work i totally forgot. that bento is sooooo cute!!!

  7. kawaiikao said, on February 9, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    omgosh those lunches look so cute!

  8. Eelie said, on February 9, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    That sounds like such a fun day (a bit like halloween except minus the dress-ups and candy) lol. Lucky kids to have their mother make such beautiful lunches. Mine only made rectangular sandwiches haha.

    Luv Eeli xoxo

  9. janettaylor said, on February 11, 2009 at 7:17 AM

    Yummy child lunch! Funny and taste!

    xoxo and hugs: Janet

  10. Nessa said, on February 14, 2009 at 3:27 AM

    I love Japan, I did my geegraphy cpoursework on jAPAN AND ITS fESTIVALS. I wouldn’t mind a cute munch lunch ryt bout now either.

  11. MizzJ said, on February 16, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Aww that food looks too cute to eat!

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