Thursday, February 3, 2011

Eho-Maki



It's time to make a wish again :D

February 3rd is Setsubun. It is the day before the beginning of Risshun (spring season). On Setsubun, we cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special ritual is called Mamemaki (bean scattering). On this day, it is customary now to eat uncut maki-zushi called Eho-Maki ("lucky direction roll") while facing the yearly lucky compass direction, determined by the zodiac symbol of that year.

The lucky direction of the year 2011 is south-southeast. If you eat Eho-Maki facing in that direction it will bring you luck. But just remember you have to eat all without speaking! You can speak after you complete it ;)

This year, since I was busy, I gave up cooking Eho-Maki and bought this gorgeous one last night. Luckily it was at half price!!!

I'm sorry but my darling always must wear the devil mask for the bean scattering. But one year, he was sleeping when I realized...
HEY!!! Wake up!!! LoL.



How to eat Eho-Maki.
He must close his eyes, though!



Good Luck :)

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4 comments:

  1. i've studied setsubun briefly in year 7 and we chucked beans around in class wearning oni masks :P but i never knew there was more to that. finishing that massive roll of sushi without talking seems to be a challenge!

    today is the offical start of Chinese new year! i wish for you and your family to enjoy a prosperous year of happiness, health and wealth! :) all the best for the year of the rabbit ^^

    i will begin collecting my hong bao (lucky red packet money - otoshidama) for 15 days :)

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  2. Hi grub,

    Yes! Try eho-maki someday. It's fun ;)

    Do you also celebrate CNY?! We don't do anything for it in the city but China towns are in Red ;)

    Please have fun! At my age, I don't get any packet of money in the new year. haha

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  3. Wishing you a wonderful year with your new honey!!

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  4. Hi jo,

    Thank you!!! I had a eho roll cake ;)

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