Monday, March 03, 2014
Japanese Groundhog Day
Setsubun (this should be a Wikipedia link or something but to my knowledge, Blogger doesn't let one do that via iPhone) is not really much like Groundhog Day, except as it falls at the more-theoretical-than-actual change of seasons.
For example, I don't remember people wearing devil masks, throwing beans and shouting, "Out with devils and in with good luck!" on Groundhog Day.
And I believe in this Japanese ritual just as much as I believe in the groundhog's ability to forecast the coming of spring. That is, not at all!
But the kids really enjoyed throwing beans at one another. Gently, of course.