setsubun - yup, two beans. a few days ago now i bought a makizushi for my husband on setsubun, since we are in kansai after all, and dug up two little beans from my cupboard… i don`t really care about it but i thought he might. at dinner as he munched his sushi he said `oni soto, fuku uchi!` i laughed and said, do you want to throw it at me? i threw my bean across the floor and turning i asked my husband, did you throw yours? i ate it, he said. (oh god, no.) it was just a little uncooked bean from my rice - mix! we eat them, he said. i know! i know! but i forgot.
it`s an old tradition, muromachi-old, and it`s nice to mark the passing of time. some euro-pagan rite i`ve long forgotten seems to me to be around the same time. i forget. the things we all forget.