In Japan, February 3rd is known as Setsubun. In Japanese tradition to celebrate good year’s luck, we throw roasted soybeans at the demon. (Often someone plays the part of the demon.) The soybeans are thought to symbolically purify the home by driving away the evil spirits that bring misfortune and bad health with them.
The Pegasus children visited Pocket International School in Gotanda last Friday and had a blast time celebrating this special event with their friends in Gotanda. Although the younger children were terrified and there were some tears, many children were brave enough to throw the soybeans to banish the demon from the preschool.
The children made their own demon mask.
While throwing the soybeans at the demon, the children chanted “Demon out! Good luck in!”.