Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions
Setsubun The bean throwing described in this episode’s Madame Shirota’s segment is a tradition in Japan celebrated each year on February 2. The throwing of beans at a person symbolizes casting out bad spirits while encouraging the good sprits to dwell in the house.
Obon Obon is misrepresented in this episode as an event to ward off ghosts. It is actually to welcome back the spirits of ancestors and send them off again at the end of the Obon, which lasts about a week.