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Setsubun in Nagoya

January 22, 2017 by Ray Proper

“That Bean-Throwing Festival” Setsubun, or “That Bean-Throwing Festival” celebrates the beginning of spring in Japan. Celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival, its association with the Lunar New Year makes this festival a sort of New Year’s Eve. This association is accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away the evil […]

Setsubun in Tokyo

January 5, 2015 by Jason Gatewood

So you survived O-shogatsu (Japanese New Year’s) and are looking forward to the end of March and the blooming of the cherry trees, but the reality is there are at least 80 more days to go before a single pink blossom appears. While it will not bring the blossoms any closer, did you know that in Japan, spring […]

Setsubun in Japan – Out, Demons, Out!!

January 26, 2010 by First Admin

Very soon you may be walking down the street, when you innocently pass someone firing beans out into the street with the war cry “ONI… wa SOTO!” (Demons, get out!). February 3rd is Setsubun, the festival by which winter becomes spring and the demons of the old year are banished from houses, making room for […]

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