Ok, so maybe I just posted an entry five minutes ago, but I just found out from another blog on that today is Setsubun, the day before the first day of Spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar.


This time three years ago, having just moved into the Irie house a few days eariler, I had no idea what was going on. Sometime around 22:00, my host dad put on a devil mask and started throwing beans all over the house, including a few handfuls at me, laughing his little head off. My host mom tried to tell me what he was doing while wandering around behind cleaning up the mess, laughing her own little head off, but all I understood was “first day of spring” (in February no less), “keep the evil spirits out”, and “good for business”. Naturally I had thought I had moved into a house of lunatics! I was right, but that just made it more fun.

I still wonder what happened to their pet turtle…

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