How about the Japanese  knife, "Makiri Houcho"? For the day of "Setsubun"

How about the Japanese knife, "Makiri Houcho"? For the day of "Setsubun"

Every year, we celebrate Setsubun on the February 3rd.
Setsubun refers to the day before the beginning of each season, but we generally call "Setsubun" for the last day of winter and first day of spring.

Old Japanese people say that bad energy is floating in this season at the beginning of February, just before spring, so we have to get rid of trouble and invite the happiness.
We compare the trouble or disaster to the figure of demon.

However, this year, something is strange!

Setsubun's ritual will not be held on the February 3rd, but on the February 2nd! 


This is because of some story of the astronomy.

How many days does it take for the earth to orbit the sun ?
It is 365.2422days !
Generally, it seems to take 365 days that the earth go around the sun, but some cumulative error occurs.
This is why, leap year come around every four years.
However, even though we have leap year, we can not solve a slight error.
So, the Setsubun day is decided as the February 2nd this year to resolve this slight error.

National Astronomival Observatory of Japan decided like this.

So,we celebrate Setsubun on the February 2nd this year.


Here, in Kyoto, when we talk about Setsubun, we can not avoid this shrine!

Yoshida Shrine.

Every year, two big festivals are held in this shrine; public ritual for driving out evel spirits, for burning out the old amulets in a big fire bed.
However, that will not be held to avoid gathering a lot of people this year. It would be a wise decision to keep away the virus scientifically.

On the other hand, some important rituals will be discreetly held inmost place in the shrine.
Traditionally, the ritual of Shinto is held secretly and it is not so opened essentially, so this year's Setsubun ritual should be returned to the original style. 


In the Daigengu, main shrine in the Yoshida Shrine site,
all dieties from all Japanese shrines will gather under the Diety "Soranki Omotomikotokami" who is the origin of the universe, and pray the peace of the world and good health of the people, but discreetly!

 

 

 

Daigengu.

 

 

For the Setsubun, the special talisman is also important.

we call it as "Kuchinashi iro no Ofuda" which is put at the high place of our home and pray everyday.
This traditional Japanese yellow color is called "Kuchinashi iro" which is made from gardenia flower and safflower.
Essentially, this color has been used only for Crown prince in Japan, but actually, we can use as a precious fortune color which protects
us against evil. Actually the"Kuchinashi iro" which is used for Crown prince is more reddish color.


We will stay health together with all our prayers for this "Kuchinashi iro".


Today, we will introduce a traditional Japanese knife which origin is Katana, Japanese sword and which might be your guardian god too.
This item would be good for this Setsubun season, becauseIn cutlery items like a kind of traditional knife is thought as a body of diety and at the same time it cuts off the string of bad luck in Japan.

 

It seems like a sword for seppuku, suicide by disembowelment, but this is a PRACTICAL KITCHEN KNIFE, traditional "Makiri knife";which has a single blade and has been used among hunter and fiserperman since long time ago.
Actually, almost all fisermen of Tohoku region, Northest Japan hold this kind of Makiri knife.
This sharp blade is so practical for them to cut the rope, fishing net, and to fillet a fish.

Now, Matagi knife is becoming popular between outdoor people when they prepare the barbecue, camping, fishing etc...
When we camp and especially when we prepare foods, we always need something to cut, and if it can be used for various way,
we may easily enjoy our comfortable outdoor life.

 

 

As it is light, solid and is easy for cutting, we often receive the good reputation.
But, there is one thing to take care; when you draw it from the sheath and when you put in a sheath, you have to pay close attention to prevent from hurt yourself and someone around you.
Please note that you stay calm when you use Japanese traditional knives because they are often symbol of Diety ;)


The Makiri knife of a serie of Bunmei Gincho we deal in our website is manufactured by Yoshida metal industry in Niigata Prefecture, region west of Tokyoon Japan seaside.
The material is stainlless-steel uses molybdenum-containing special steel for blades and does not rust easily and retains excellent sharpness.

If you are interested in, please visit our product pages inclusive of the other style of Japanese knives.

 

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京都の節分といえば吉田神社。


今年は鬼やらいという呼び名で有名な追儺式、鳥居前に設けられた火床に古い神札や守札を納め、火を付けて燃やす火炉祭は中止となりました。

でも、私たちが見ていないところで日本中の八百万(やおよろず)の神様はそ~っと大元宮に集合なさって虚無大元尊神(そらなきおおもとみことかみ)のもと、世の安寧と世界中の人々の息災を祈ってくださります!


そしてくちなし色のお札。

くちなしで染めた黄色に紅花の赤をわずかに重ねたこの色が災いから人々を守ってくれるのだと伝えられています。
くちなし色は日本古来の伝統色。元々、くちなしと紅花の重ね色は皇太子の色とされてきました。実際皇太子殿下がご使用になる色はこのくちなし色よりは赤みが強いものです。

黄色みの強いこちらのくちなし色は一般の私たちが使用してもよいとされる色とのこと。由緒あるこのくちなし色に手を合わせて、1年を乗り切ってまいりたいと思います。


さて、今日はそんな節分・厄除けにちなんで、人々の守り神となるべくアイテムをご紹介いたします。

こちらです!いかにも切腹でもしそうな勢いではありますが、実は実用的なアウトドア仕様の包丁であり、さらに開運アイテムでもあります。

↑(みなさまの開運を願って、鞘を抜く当社スタッフ)

実はこのような刃物はもともと刀の手法で作られていることもあり、厄除けとして、また悪い縁を断ち切り良い運を切り開くという意味合いからも、ある意味縁起物とされているのだそうです。

さて、その名は間切り包丁。

間切りは「まきり」と読みますが、実は爪切り(つまきり)が語源。元々はマタギをはじめとした、狩猟用、・漁業用の包丁です。


今では三陸の漁師さんたちのほとんどがが腰に備えているとか。鞘付きの片刃の包丁で切れ味がよく、ロープや網を切ったり、魚をさばいたり、加工したりとマルチに使える心強いアイテム。

最近では、漁師さんのプロフェッショナル使用にとどまらず、気軽にアウトドアでお使いいただけるアイテムとして海外の方々にも大変人気が高まっております。

バーベキューやキャンプなど、何かと「切る」作業が必要な時に重宝します。とにかく持ち味も軽く、刃が丈夫で切れ味もよいので使い勝手が大変よいと評判の一品。
本品モリブデンを含む刃物専用特殊鋼を使用しているため、さびにくいのも特徴。
グローバルにも商品を展開している、新潟県の吉田金属工業製造の商品です。

是非、この機会に厄除けと守り神の意味合いを込めて間切り包丁を新調してみてはいかがでしょうか?

来る春、密を避けて、開放的な青空の下で家族でバーベキューなど楽しまれる時にもきっと重宝されるかと思います。
日本古来の包丁らしい見た目もちょっと乙な一品です。

ご興味がある方はどうぞ、こちらを覗いてみてくださいませ。

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