"Setsubun" Went to a neighborhood yochien to observe the annual setsubun. The tradition involves throwing beans at "oni" (demons), in order to cast out disease of the past year. The hope is that there will be cleansing to receive blessings.
There was in split in the class while the kids were attempting to cast out the oni (who was just a parent in an oni costume). A handful of children were participating in the tradition. The majority of the children were scared, hiding under tables or hiding behind the tables in a corner.
It was hard watching the setsubun and how it effected the kids, especially knowing truth, but getting to meet the children at the yochien was truly a blessing.