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Setsubun 節分 / せつぶん


Driving out evil spirits and inviting in good fortune, a Japanese custom from ancient times


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February 3rd is the last day of winter. "Setsubun" refers to the day before the first day of each season (spring, summer, fall, and winter). In particular, the first day of spring is considered to be the beginning of the new year, and the word "setsubun" has come to refer mainly to the setsubun that comes before the beginning of spring. Because it is thought to be easier for evil spirits to arise when the seasons are changing, "mamemaki" (bean-throwing) is performed at shrine and temple and in households to drive away evil spirits and bring about good fortune.

What is mamemaki?
The proper way to conduct mamemaki is to scatter soybeans, which have been roasted for this purpose, out from the entrance of one's home twice while saying, "Oni wa soto" ("Out with the demons"). Then, the door is closed quickly to prevent the demons from reentering, and beans are scattered twice toward the interior of the house, with the phrase "Fuku wa uchi" ("In with good fortune"). In some cases, a member of the family will act out the part of a demon, a symbol of evil spirits and misfortune. Afterward, if one eats the number of beans corresponding to one's age, it is said that one will live a long life and be free of illness in the coming year.

Ehoumaki
On the day of setsubun, eating a whole "ehoumaki" (a thick sushi roll) while facing in the "ehou" direction (the direction that is believed to be the luckiest direction for that year) is believed to bring good fortune.

Give it a try!
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During this time of year, items like mamemaki beans and demon masks are sold at places such as supermarkets, so you can experience mamemaki in your own home. Additionally, mamemaki events are held at shrine and temple in and around Hamamatsu, so please feel free to join in!

The temple and shrine where an event is carried out

stb3.jpg Kanzanji Temple・Atago shrine
2017 / 1 / 29 sun
Setsubun-Kai 2pm -
Bean scattering ceremony 3pm -
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stb4.jpg Gosha Shrine/ Suwa Shrine
2017 / 2 / 3 fri
Setsubun Festival・Bean scattering ceremony 4pm -

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stb5.jpg Hamamatsu Hachimangu
2017 / 2 / 2 thu
Tsuinashiki 6pm - Tsuinashiki Details for...
2017 / 2 / 3 fri
Setsubun Festival 3:30pm -
Bean scattering ceremony 4pm -
Official site: http://www.hamamatsuhachimangu.org/ (Japanese)

stb6.jpg Honkaji Temple
2017 / 2 / 3 fri
Setsubun Festival・Bean scattering ceremony 3pm -


stb7.jpg Iinoyagu
2017 / 2 / 3 fri
Setsubun Festival 3pm -
Bean scattering ceremony 4pm -

Official site: http://www.iinoyaguu.or.jp/ (Japanese)

stb8.jpg Okuni Shrine
2017 / 2 / 3 fri
Setsubun Festival 2pm -
Bean scattering ceremony 3pm -
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stb9.jpg Hattasan Soneji
2017 / 2 / 3 fri
Setsubun Festival
Bean scattering ceremony 12pm - / 2pm -
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stb11.jpg Hosoe Shrine
2017 / 2 / 3 fri
Setsubun Festival 3:45pm -
Bean scattering ceremony 4pm -
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2016.01.14 update

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