Spring Festival : 2010.2.3 Setsubun Mamemaki (節分豆マキ)
Students throw pan-heated soy beans at a faculty member wearing an Oni mask yelling
"Oni wa soto ! Fuku wa uchi !" (Evil spirits out ! Fortune in !)

In traditional Japan, the new year celebrations began with Setsubun (spring festival 節分),

Setsubun is the time to drive out bad luck from the old year and to welcome health and fortune into the new year though the ritual of mamemaki (bean-throwing 豆マキ).

The devilish Oni were originally invisible spirits or gods which caused disasters, disease, and other general unpleasantness in the lives of humans, taking on a variety of forms to deceive (and often devour) them.

The Chinese character (Oni
) meaning "ghost" came to be used for these formless creatures.

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