Setsubun is the day before the beginning of new season.
The festival however is typically celebrated on 3rd February,
which is said to be the time when we usually start to feel
that the beautiful spring season is just around the corner.
On this special day, Mamemaki, the special ritual is performed.
Roasted soy bean is either thrown at Oni (a sort of demon),
that is usually played by the male head of house, or
outside in order to have all demons and bad lucks kept away
from the house. The ritual is believed to purify the house and
to bring lucks to you and your family.
Another tradition is that we eat Ehou-maki (above pictured),
in a total silence and by looking at that year's lucky direction
(this year's was west-south-west).
So I set myself to roll some Ehou-maki, in the same way
as I do with any other Maki-sushi, not only for ourselves
but also for my dogs. Well, they seemed to have enjoyed
their very special lucky rolls. That's my lucky already :)