One of them is eating ehomaki, which means to eat a long piece of sushi facing the lucky direction of the year decided by the zodiac. This year is east-north-east. All students got to eat ehomaki.
Another custom is mamemaki, which involves throwing beans at demons to drive them out of the house, taking the bad luck and ill health with it. We had some student-demons, one of them being our friend Rod-san (below).
It looked like the bean-pelting really hurt!!!