fuku wa uchi

[23]  せつぶん  |  setsubun  |  setsubun

Setsubun, celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival, can be thought of as a sort of New Year’s Eve.
Setsubun comes along with a special ritual meant to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come.
During this special ritual called mamemaki (literally “bean scattering”) roasted soybeans (called “fortune beans”) are thrown either out of the door or at a family member wearing an Oni (demon) mask, while people chant “Demons out! Luck in!” (Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!) and slam the door.

  • Ruki: devils out!
happiness in!*
  • AKiSID_official: where do I go?
  • Ruki: inside
  • *February 3 is Setsubun, the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. A common setsubun ritual is the throwing of roasted beans around one's house and at temples and shrines across the country to drive away evil spirits. When throwing the beans, you are supposed to shout "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" ("Devils out, happiness in"). Afterwards you should pick up and eat the number of beans, which corresponds to your age.

It’s officially Setsubun!!!

Instead of celebrating Imbolc at this time of year, like many other witches, I celebrate Setsubun, AKA the “Bean Throwing Festival,” where roasted soybeans are thrown to cast out the negativity of the previous Lunar year and welcome in positivity for the new year.

Traditionally, in Japan, a family member (usually the father) wears an oni/demon mask, then other family members and even friends throw the beans at them, chasing them from the home, all while saying “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!“ Family members also eat one roasted soybean per one year of their age, plus an additional one for good luck in the coming year.

May each of you have the negativity cast out from your lives and then be filled with positivity and joy 💜

Today it’s Setsubun !

Related to the Lunar new year, It’s an important ritual to keep the house safe from bad things.
How does it works ?
Roasted Soybeans (called “fortune beans”) are thrown either out the door or at a member of the family wearing an oni (demon or ogre) mask. While the people say : “Demons out ! Luck in” (oni wa soto ! fuku wa uchi !) and slam the door.

You should try at home.


Rokuharamitsu-ji: Setsubun Celebrations in Kyoto, 2017. from Kyoto Dream Trips on Vimeo.

Last Friday February the 3rd, I went to Rokuharamitsu-ji (六波羅蜜寺) in Kyoto, to observe the annual setsubun ceremony. Although the temple grounds are quite small, I thought this is one of the most entertaining setsubun plays. It starts at 15.00 in the afternoon with mamemaki trowing. Followed by a Buddhist prayer service. After a bit a Oni (鬼 or demon) enters and trows a web across the praying Buddhist priest, he also trows them at the spectators. Finally the chief priest trows mamemaki at the demon to trow him out. Then comes the final mamemaki trowing, while shouting “Demons out! Luck in!“ (鬼は外! 福は内 - Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!). Maiko, Samurai woman and prominent figures of Kyoto all joint in for the fun.

Happy Setsubun!

鬼は外! 福は内! (Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!/Demons out! Luck in!)”

Setsubun is a Japanese festival signaling the beginning of spring. It’s accompanied by a sort of ritual called mamemaki, or “bean scattering,” in which soybeans are thrown out the door to chase off the demons that have taken to the house over the past year. Then the members of the house eat a soybean for every year of their life to invite in luck.

2016 was a terrible year for my family if I’ve ever seen one. We lost a car, got double-crossed by “family,” and school nearly drove me insane (I know my counselors really well now). But that year’s over a month past now, so I’m looking up. Welcome, Copy Chaos Challenge! Welcome, new friends! And welcome, 2017!

Today is Setsubun in Japan

Setsubun is the day before the official beginning of spring in the old East Asian calendar.

Customs associated with Setsubun include:
-Silently eating an Ehomaki (a special thick sushi roll) while facing a “lucky direction” (north-north-west this year)
-Eating one roasted soybean for every year of your age (+1 in some areas)
-Throwing a handful of roasted soybeans out the front door while saying “Demons out! Luck in!” (oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi)
-Alternatively in some families the father will dress up as an Oni (demon) while the children pelt him with soybeans

柿原徹也のユニゾン!(2016.2.2 OA)

Kakihara Tetsuya playing the oni for setsubun! He’ll make a lovable ogre, I don’t feel like throwing beans at him…

Extra info:
The custom of Mamemaki first appeared in the Muromachi period.It is usually performed by the toshiotoko (年男) of the household (the male who was born on the corresponding animal year on the Chinese zodiac), or else the male head of the household. Roasted soybeans (called “fortune beans” (福豆 fuku mame)) are thrown either out the door or at a member of the family wearing an Oni (demon or ogre) mask, while the people say “Demons out! Luck in!” (鬼は外! 福は内! Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!) and slam the door.