Friday, February 5, 2021





When I bought Yaku-jin-sai (see Jan. 21 blog) at Taga taisha, roasted dry soybeans came with it, so I just followed the traditional Japanese custom, MAME-MAKI (throwing parched beans for getting rid of bad luck and welcoming good luck) .

When I was a child, my mother made roasted dry soybeans and put them into a square wooden container. My brother went to each room with it and said "Fortune in fortune in, and evils out!". When he said "Evils out", he threw some soybeans toward the outside from the corner of the room. This was fun to do and I did it at my house last night after a long time. I also ate the roasted soybeans. People eat one more than the number of their age. 

The next day, I went to the elementary school for storytelling. I chose a picture-story-show where an ogre appears in a Japanese folktale and the ogre is not a bad one. I enjoyed reading especially the ogre's lines and I was expecting the kids to also enjoy the story. In the end, it seemed that the children didn't enjoy it that much. Well, I will challenge myself to read maybe in another way for them next time.