Tuesday 3 February 2009

Happy New Year!

What again? Yep, today is the first day of the old Japanese calendar and so to celebrate you need to get a handful of beans and throw them at the oni (devil) who is hanging out in the yard.
With the first handful you shout 'Out with the devil' and the second handful 'come into the house good luck' or something along those lines.

Ebi-kun throwing the beans at the oni
The oni in full force
When you are done with the bean throwing you then have to eat as many beans as you are old.

And we did all that before 7.30am, what did you do this morning?


  1. Lovely! We have a wonderful book filled with "Wicked Oni" that the kids love...I did not catch on until seeing your blog just now about the Japanese new year. Thank you for posting and I love the bean throwing...maybe next year we can get in on this! Love your Chinese New Year projects that you did a few posts ago...


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