In Episode 10 of Uchouten Kazoku (5:34), I saw Shimogamo Mother taking two stones from a pot, and striking them against each other before Shimogamo Yaichirou went out.

Two stones in pot.

What does it mean? Is it some kind of supernatural belief?

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In Japanese folklore, creating sparks by striking flint is considered to be lucky for someone leaving a house or group. The brief fire was once a way to drive evil spirits away. I found a reference to it being called kiribi, but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of information on it.

Considering where Yaichiro is going as he leaves, it would be logical for a mother to wish her son good luck and to drive away evil from his path.

The flint is struck together to make a spark.

This ritual is not common anymore, but given the spiritual nature of Uchouten Kazoku, it makes perfect sense.

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