Setsubun is around February 3rd, which is the day before the beginning of spring. In Japan, we celebrate Setsubun by eating special food and throwing roasted soybeans at evil spirits (of course, pretended ones :-) Please see here for more details.
これはおやつ。 炒り大豆のチョコレートがけ。 炒り大豆を探して3軒目で やっと見つけたら、隣にこんなものがあったのでつい買ってしまいました。 大豆にチョコレートってかかってるの見たことなかったけどいけます。 歳の数よりたくさん食べちゃったよ・・・(汗) These are chocolate-coated soybeans?! It's the first time that I see these. These were pretty good. Available at Metro grocery stores.
これがなくてはＲ*のおもてなしは始まりません(笑) 恒例の・・・ 枡にティーキャンドルを置いて、周りに炒り大豆を敷き詰めました。 入れ物をいつものガラスの容器でなくて枡にするだけで和の雰囲気が 増す様な気がします。 I decorated the table with a candle placed in a wooden box, which was traditionally used as a measuring cup. Have you seen Japanese people drinking sake from it? I put roasted soybeans around the candle.
I needed a compas to figure out the good luck direction for this year, which is slightly west of the north. It is believed that things go well if you do these things facing this direction or going toward this direction. We eat thick sushi rolls facing the good luck direction to wish for the good year (I think).
I made choux à la crème for dessert. I decorated them to resemble evil spirits, but I guess they are too cute :-) Instead of throwing soybeans at them, eat them up! I'll write the recipe I used tomorrow.
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