Mamemaki 2013

Mamemaki 豆まき(lit. bean throwing) is part of Setsubun festival in Japan that happens on February 3rd every year. One member of the family (or a teacher if you are a school kid) wears a oni (devil) mask and everyone throws roasted soybeans at that person.

While throwing the beans you chant `oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi` which means `get out devils, come in good fortunes` (or something very similar!)

Once you are done throwing all the beans you count out some more beans, the same number as your current age (plus one for good luck) and eat them all.

I got some cute photos of Aiden throwing beans and having a great time (we waited for Yoshi to come home - that`s why Aiden is wearing pajamas).

(do you see Yoshi`s nephew wearing the oni mask?)

We started throwing beans off the porch at our place, but then Yoshi`s nephews came over (from next door) and invited us to throw more beans on their lawn!

Fun fun!


  1. Wow, I always thought Aiden took after you but in the last photo, he looks so much like Yoshi!!!

    Love that you were able to celebrate Setsubun together!!

  2. I heard about that but how do you decide which family member wears the oni mask?

    By the way, I have my own blog which focuses on Asian culture and entertainment such as video games and I wonder if it is possible for you to view it and tell me what you think please:


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