setsubun oni beans
Japanese Holidays

Episode 29: Setsubun: The Devils are Coming!

The devils are coming! February 3rd is Setsubun in Japan and it’s not just the day before spring, it’s also the day that oni prowl the streets and children must pelt them roasted soybeans to insure good luck for the coming year.

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eggplant and cucumber horses
Japanese Holidays

Episode 8: Obon Part One: On Cucumber Horses They Ride

Obon is the time of year when all the ancestors’ spirits make the long haul back to the world of the living to pay a visit. Butsudan altars are decorated to the hilt and families wait expectantly for grandma and grandpa, great grandma and great grandpa (not to mention great, great, great grandma and grandpa) to arrive and hang out.

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