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節分 Setsubun Customs - On February 3, the eve of the beginning of spring, it is essential to eat eho-maki, throw beans out your front door, eat sardines, impale a sardine head on holly and place it near your front door to ensure a healthy and prosperous new year.

"February 3rd is Setsubun, the day before the beginning of spring season. Japanese eat sushi roll called Eho-Maki ("lucky direction roll") with seven ingredients wishing good luck through out of the year." - motogucci