What is?Setsubun (節分)?

Setsubun literally means "division of seasons," but now? Japanese call only the division of winter and spring "Setsubun," and it usually falls on February 3. You may think it's far away from the beginning of spring, but that's because Setsubun is derived from the old lunar calendar.


We too at Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro celebrated the end of winter and welcome the start of Spring with our guests too.

It all depends on where you're from or you currently live, but on Setsubun day, people normally do Mame-maki, or throw roasted soy beans inside and outside our houses while saying, "Goblins, get out! Happiness, come on in!" Then we eat the remaining beans as many as our own age.


Many people eat Sushi-roll called "Ehomaki", too, and we're supposed to eat it while facing the lucky direction of the year. Also, some people eat grilled sardine and decorate its head with a holly branch outside their front door.


We do make some beautiful shushi too.


We are looking forward to meeting everyone again to celebrate Setsubun.

Till then stay strong and healthy.

Posted by: Lim (January 30, 2021 5:05 PM)

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