A standard masu cup filled with beans
On setsubun the most commonly used type
of beans are roasted soybeans
Setsubun is the famous bean throwing festival of Japan held on the last day of winter on the 3rd of February in every year. Depending on how you look at it we can also say that it's held on the last day before the start of spring. The East Asian traditional calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms based on the lunisolar system in which each term signifies either an astronomical event, or some kind of natural occurrence. This system the start of the lunar new year on the 4th of February is called Risshun, which is actually celebrated by Setsubun one day before. Since Setsubun marks the change of the lunar year, it became a kind of ceremony for cleansing away all the bad things accumulated in through the year, to drive away evil spirits and to bring good luck in the forthcoming year. This ceremony is called mamemaki(bean throwing) and it has appeared in the Muromachi period(1337-1573). The bean throwing is done with a masu cup filled with roasted soybeans and is performed by the toshiotoko, who is either the male member of the family born in the year of the current Chinese zodiac sign or by the male head of the family. Another member of the family wears an oni(demon) mask and being thrown beans at is chased out of the house while everyone else is reciting "Oni ha soto! Fuku ha uchi!"("Demons out! Luck in!") and finally the door is slammed on the oni. Although this custom has many variations depending on which region of Japan we are talking about, it is still a common practice in many households all around the country. This purification ceremony is also performed in Shinto shrines every years and are attended by many people. As you can see, masu cups play an important role in Setsubun, being the traditional container for the beans!
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The Masu selling company is shipping masu cups to customers both in Japan and worldwide. Recently we are getting more and more orders from not just individuals, but organizations, Japanese restaurants, international companies making a business opening ceremony Japanese style by opening a barrel of sake and drinking its contents from masu cups. An excellent way of drinking Japanese sake is to do it from a freshly made masu cup. That may be the reason why Japanese people cherish a rather intimate connection with these small wooden cups from the old times. We would like to share the best parts of traditional Japanese culture with as much people around the globe as possible.