February 4, 2009


This year, Setsubun fell on yesterday, Feb. 3. For information on Setsubun, click here.
For me, the beans to throw on this day have always been soybeans. (I was born in Tokyo). But here in Niigata, peanuts in shells are much more popular. I had to go to the 100-yen shop to get those soybeans.

In general, having eho-maki on this day is a Kansai (Western Japan) thing, but due to commercialism, this custom has become increasingly popular in other regions as well.
Today, I managed to take photos of the leftovers of only two of the total of six eho-maki that we had last night.

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