節分・旧正月 / Setsubun & Chinese New Year
Today in Japan is "Setsubun"--a divide of season, which means winter ends today and spring will arrive tomorrow, actually according to the lunar calender. We do some activities to get rid of demons and welcome good luck on this occasion, like throwing roasted beans shouting "Demns out, good luck in" or biting into a long sushi roll called "Ehoumaki" facing to a certain direction which changes every year, this year "south south east". I don't know why we are supposed to face to a certain direction, but it's nice to eat a big sushi roll anyway.
Today happens to be a New Year's Day on the lunar calender and I've got a New Year's Card from a Chinese-Malaysian friend living in Singapore. "新年好"