2016年2月4日木曜日

節分の日 | Day of "Setsubun"

February 3rd is considered as a day before beginning of spring in Japan.

The kanji of "setstu" means season and "bun" is division therefore "setsubun" referring to seasonal division, and February 3rd is a division for spring.

On setsubun, we throw and eat roasted soybeans (called "mame-maki") which has become a small traditional event to exterminate a demon (or an ogre or a devil ...), called "oni" in Japanese. ("oni" is usually red in Japan)

出典:写真AC

So, why do we throw and eat soybeans?

There are theories to it, but here are the famous ones:

*Soybeans have the power to get rid of the evil spirits
*People succeeded in exterminating the demons by throwing soybeans to the eye of the demons
(気になる情報.com)

Throwing soybeans has been continued since the Muroyama era (1333-1573).
We call out "oni ha soto, fuku ha uchi" - "Out with the demons, In with good fortune" and throw the beans outside of the windows and inside the rooms.

And afterwards we eat the soybeans, as many as your age. (So every year the number of soybeans we eat increase by one)


On setsubun, we also eat "eho-maki" which is basically a long and thick sushi roll.
"Eho" refers to a lucky direction in Japanese, and every year there is the "lucky direction" and we eat the eho-maki looking at that direction.
The lucky direction of 2016 was south-southeast.

If you're in Japan next year, enjoy mame-maki!!

2016年2月1日月曜日

マスキングテープ in 千代田区 Arts Chiyoda | Masking tape in Arts Chiyoda

週末、カモ井さんのマスキングテープフェアに行ってきました!
日本全国点々と様々な場所で開催されているのですが、今回は千代田区!
とのことでマステ好きの友達と3人で行ってきました。
(東京・神奈川開催しか足を運べていない)

I went to the masking tape fair in Chiyodaku over the weekend.
Masking tape becoming the phenomenon these days in Japan is made of "washi".
You can write on it, tear it off easily, and peel off numerous times.

KAMOI KAKOSHI Co., Ltd started selling masking tape around 2007... (I think) it was when I was in high school.
I'm a big fan since then :]]


中学校をリノベーションしたアートな空間なのですがそのスペースでこんな世界が広がってます…
3331 Arts Chiyoda is a space that renovated an old jr.high school.

マスキングテープを入れるかご
shopping box decorated with masking tape





開催される会場ごとにこんなものも飾ってあります





ガチャもあるんですよ~~~
 
 
 
This is "gacha gacha", capsule toy 100 JPN/1 play.
You can exchange with the gacha gacha limited masking tape if you win the winning ticket....
1回100円、あたりくじが入ってるとガチャ限定のマスキングテープと交換できます。
これが、1回100円だし~~となめてかかると気づいたらものすごい金額になるのですよ毎回…
今回は、4000円くらい使ったかな…塵も積もればとはまさにこのことなのです


ガチャテープで被ったものはみんなで交換します


delicious Japanでもお馴染み、上野のパークサイドカフェに行ってきました。
Afterwards we went to the Park Side Cafe which is on p.34 of delicious Japan.
(Check out the website)


 
 歩き疲れたあとのケーキは最高においしいのです。
 
 
 
 
 
あと余談なんですがパリのmaison et objetにmt出展してましたー!
2016SSの新作見れてはっぴー!
日本では3月発売予定です。
 
By the way, the company was exhibiting at maison et objet in Paris!