we usually throw soybeans called Mamemaki on the day for ceremony to drive away evil spirits.
Somehow Japnese evil images are like this..:D
very scarely dont they?How about you?
Mamemaki is usually performed by the toshiotoko of the household (i.e., the male who was born on the corresponding animal year on the Chinese zodiac), or else the male head of the household.
Roasted soybeans (called Fuku mame) are thrown either out the door or at a member of the family wearing an Oni (demon or ogre) mask, while the throwers chant "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" The words roughly translate to "Demons out! Luck in!"
It shows 'Fukumame' in Kanji. I bought this one at the supermarket yesterday:)
The beans are thought to symbolically purify the home by driving away the evil spirits that bring misfortune and bad health with them. Then, as part of bringing luck in, it is customary to eat roasted soybeans, one for each year of one's life, and in some areas, one for each year of one's life plus one more for bringing good luck for the year to come.
People used to decorate the head of sardine with holly at the entrances as a ward off evil. Nowdays we dont see that display