Tom Yamachika: Get out, evil! Stay in, good fortune!

At around this time of year, the Japanese celebrate a festival known as Setsubun. While there are regional variations on how to celebrate it, many of them involve roasted beans and an Oni, or demon. According to tradition, people in the household pelt the Oni with the beans while saying, “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!” which means, “Get out, evil! Stay in, good fortune!”