It’s February 3rd, and that means it’s time for the annual Throwing of the Beans, or Setsubun!
Setsubun is a spring ritual that involves throwing lucky soybeans at vicious oni (ogres or demons) in order to drive bad luck out and bring good luck in. And wouldn’t you know, some oni showed up at our door this year.
They seek to gang up on us!
Red oni seems particularly formidable.
Don’t worry though—we had the situation well in hand.
Also in hand, the beans!
The oni tried to enter, but could not withstand our bean blast!
A silly ritual from the olden days? Perhaps! But just yesterday, didn’t a bunch of people in top hats gather around a large rodent and try to compel it to predict the weather?
Punxsutawney Phil photo from ABC News
Yes, yes they did.