Friday, February 03, 2006

Happy Setsubun

Today, people in Japan are celebrating Setsubun by consuming long, fat rolls of sushi in a single gulp. According to this short write-up of the holiday, you are supposed to face in a certain direction while eating your sushi to ensure good luck for the coming year. I don't know if this a more urban and eastern take on Groundhog Day or what. I think Setsubun has a more universal appeal than Groundhog Day, but I have to disagree with the writer's sentiments that this holiday is going to be going global in the not-too-distant future. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to chug a sushi roll every Feb 3rd, but I don't see it happening.


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