Source: Fudetarazu 筆たらず (@LLVPunQEFDXM7wI) - image reproduced with permission You know it’s a pandemic when the demons give this excuse at Setsubun [manga] 2021-02-04 Thu 2021-02-04 Thu On February 2nd, 2021, Japan celebrated the festival of Setsubun 節分, the day before the beginning of spring in the traditional calendar One of the famous practices associated with the festival is mamemaki 豆まき, throwing beans (dried roasted soybeans or peanuts in some regions) outside or at someone wearing the mask of an oni (demon). While doing this, you're supposed to say 鬼は外、福は内 oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi, which means : "Out with the demons, in with good fortune" JIRI | © PIXTA Of course, Setsubun 2021 is a little different than previous years due to the pandemic. In hopes of curbing an alarming increase in reported COVID-19 infections, the Japanese government enacted a state of emergency of January 7th, 2021. It was originally scheduled to continue until February 7th, but was extended until March 7th. Twitter user and illustrator Fudetarazu 筆たらず (@LLVPunQEFDXM7wI) suggested how the usual interaction between bean-throwers and demons may have been different this year as a result: 昨日の出来事(妄想） pic.twitter.com/4mpB0zWvxC— 筆たらず (@LLVPunQEFDXM7wI) February 2, 2021 "What happened yesterday (in my imagination)" Reproduced with permission from Fudetarazu 筆たらず (@LLVPunQEFDXM7wI) "Out with the demons" implies the demons should stay outside, but that goes against the Japanese government's directive to "avoid unnecessary and nonurgent outings" during the current state of emergency. Let's hope that everyone will feel safe going out next year! By - Ben K. Tags: bean-throwing / demon / oni / pandemic / Setsubun / state of emergency grape Japan Culture You know it’s a pandemic when the demons give this excuse at Setsubun [manga] Related Article JIBUN HAUS redesigns family houses with the pandemic and remote work in mind Origami zoom parties help Japanese arts-and-crafts aficionados get through COVID-19 6000 Calorie, 50 cm Long Ehomaki Sushi Roll Will Invite More Setsubun Good Luck Than You Can Handle These modern-day cats are busy adjusting their lives to the pandemic Japan Travel: What are the Best Temple Recommendations for Setsubun’s Mamemaki? This ehomaki roll from Daimaru features an Amabie in every single slice!