The harsh reality… It’s really hard to keep my mouth shut but I’m sure I’d spoil it all for you if I comment on this page in any way. I can only hope you enjoy and are still curious what the next will bring. There’s still a ton to learn about those two~
My apartment is slowly starting to look like a real home! At least I have a desk and a chair so I’m happy haha, who needs anything else anyway, right? I sit in front of the computer all day anyway~ One sad piece of info is that part of my wardrobe was damaged in transport so I’ll have to wait until 12th when it can be replaced, ugh. We’re waiting for the fridge and washing machine this week, finally, I’ll be able to cook! Eating out is nice and all but it takes a lot of time. I’d rather draw. I feel kind of drawing deprived this weekend, not sure why, hm.
LIVING IN JAPAN CORNER #9
My coworkers told me that 3rd of February is actually a traditional annual event in Japan – Setsubun! I had no idea about it so I’m going to share what I’ve learned.
The event is connected to the change of seasons. Yes, actually, spring is already coming to Japan! If you follow my Instagram account I already posted some first sakura blooms from today’s stroll around Shinjuku gardens. So Setsubun is a celebration of winter going away and spring coming back. The name literally means “seasonal division” too. Spring also means spring cleaning so it’s a perfect moment to cleanse your household of evil demons and what not that managed to sneak in during the winter. You basically shout at them and throw roasted beans, it’s very effective.
That’s what I read about Setsubun anyway. My coworkers laughed that Setsubun is kind of a Japanese Halloween, a celebration involving monsters and sweets. Nobody likes to have beans thrown around the house so you use candy instead. Usually, a daddy or grandpa would wear a monster mask and scare the kids though (kind of a role reversal, eh?). They also have special shows in shrines as well, dancing oni look very interesting. Different parts of Japan have different unique traditions connected to Setsubun too, like eating a whole sushi roll while facing a certain direction (this is from Kansai).
I didn’t take part in the celebrations but it was interesting to learn something new about Japan! At least now I know why they started to sell oni-shaped mochi in sweets shops!