February 3rd is the day of Setsubun (節分、せつぶん）. Setsubun means “The day before a change in seasons” in Japanese. Mr. McCracken’s Japanese Culture and Literature class had a short field trip to Setsubun festival at Taga Taisha Shrine in nearby Taga town. With the voice of ” Oniwa-soto ! Fukuwa-uchi !” (Get out Demon-Bad spirit! Come on in Happiness-Good Spirit ! ), many ushers on the stage threw the blessed bean bags and rice cakes. We all received them. After the festival, there was a photo time with Oni ( bad spirit !?) costume. Hope you have a wonderful spring season !
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