Today is the first day of spring in Japan. The celebration is called Setsubun. The famous ritual of the celebration is called mamemaki. People throw soybeans out the door or at a person dressed like the devil while shouting, “Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi” (demons out, good luck in).  Rick was invited to Kofu to participate in the celebration there. He came home with several gifts. I am grateful to be able to experience the unique culture here in Japan.

Setsubun beans