今日は節分!Today is “Setsubun”

今日は、節分という日です。節分とは「季節を分ける」日のことで、立春の前の日を指します。(毎年大体2月4日が立春です)

ということは、まだまだ寒い日が続きますが、暦上では明日から「春」ということでしょうか。Lexis Japanから徒歩3分の三宮神社でも、梅の花が開花したとのニュースが入ってきました。春がくるのはとても楽しみですね!

Today is “Setsubun” day in Japan. Setsubun” literally means “division of seasons” and this day was the end of winter.

It is still cold in Japan, but the spring will start from tomorrow on the calendar. I heard that the plum flower begins to bloom at Sannnomiya Shrine where is 3 minutes walk from Lexis Japan! Everyone is so excited about the spring’s coming!

節分にすることといえば、「豆撒き」ですよね!豆まきをする由来として(諸説ありますが)

「魔の目を射る」(まのめをいる)という言葉遊び(語呂合わせ)から来ています。
炒り(いり)豆(まめ)を撒くことで、邪気を追い払いその年一年の無病息災を祈願しています。また、自分の年齢プラス1個の福豆(炒り豆)を食べることで、体が丈夫になり、風邪を引かないと言われています。

On 3rd of February, people throw roasted soybeans inside and outside their houses with a cry of “Oniwa-soto, Fukuwa-uchi!” meaning “Devils out! Fortune in!”. As the beans are thrown, it is believed good luck is invited in and bad luck is driven out. It is also customary to eat as many roasted beans as one’s age (or Plus 1) . We believe that we don’t catch a cold after we eat the beans!  Oops, I have to eat more than 30 roasted beans today!

今年の恵方巻きを食べる方角は「南南東」らしいですね!今日のランチは恵方巻きに決まりですね!

Also, we usually eat a “Fortune Sushi Roll” on Setsubun day.
There are some rules to eat this fortune sushi roll!!

1.Face to the lucky direction of 2016! This year is South-south-east.

2. Eat the whole fortune sushi roll, but you cannot speak!!

3. Eat the whole fortune sushi roll with a big smile and wishing your dream!

※If you speak, the fortune will go away from you, so please be careful!:)

今日の放課後アクティビティはもちろん豆撒きです!楽しみですね!英語コースの生徒さんも参加予定です。誰が鬼になるかな・・・?みんなで鬼をやっつけて、Lexis Japanに福を呼び込みましょう!

Today’s afternoon activity is to throw roasted beans “Mamemaki”. The student from English course will join us as well! Okay, let’s kick the evil out from Lexis Japan, and invite many happiness and fortune to Lexis Japan! Who is going to be “Oni”?!

Lexis Japan Setsubun 2

ランチタイムに「恵方巻が食べたい人」はRikaさんかMikiまで聞いてくださいね!
If you would like to try the fortune Sushi roll, please feel free to ask Rika or Miki!! We have a compass, so we will tell you which direction is “South-south-east” from Lexis Japan student loundge!  It’s going to be a quiet lunch time ever at Lexis Japan as you are not allowed to talk druing eating the sushi roll!!:)

 

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