learning to play the old-fashioned way...
parenting in the Land of the Rising Sun
Monday, February 15, 2010
Or, maybe, Setsu-buns. A bit late (Setsubun was the 3rd), but it's my favorite festival (apart from all those Japanese festivals featuring slim young men in loin cloths, or less, which never seem to take place anywhere close enough for me to get to...). There's just something deliciously wacky about standing in the doorway throwing beans outside while shouting "devils out!" (an appropriate sentiment after being shut up all winter). When you throw beans back inside whilst shouting "happiness in!", you're supposed to eat one bean for each year old you are. So Koshi ate 9, Teddy ate 7, Cici ate 6, and Mommy declined because she didn't feel like eating *that* damn many beans...
And since we live in the Land of the Eternal Cute, I figured I should share pics of the cream buns I found at the pastry shop. Little oni buns, love it:
Horns, fangs, and custard cream filling! Happy setsubun!