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Setsubun 2021

A special ceremony to welcome spring by throwing soybeans

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Setsubun in Japan 2020 - Best Time

Setsubun (literally "seasonal division") is a Japanese beans-throwing festival that is celebrated all across Japan on February 3, before the start of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. The tradition is to cast away demons and welcome spring.

Setsubun in Japan - Best Season 2020

It's mostly a household celebration. Parents wear the masks of demons, and kids in turn throw roasted soybeans at the "evil spirits" with a chant "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" It means "Demons out! Luck in!"

Best time for Setsubun in Japan 2020

Apart from the households, you can also witness Setsubun at temples and shrines of the country. One of the largest festivals takes place at Sensoji temple in Tokyo. The festivities attract 100,000 visitors who can partake in contests and be granted prizes. The festivities end up with an iconic bond fire.

More locations to experience Japanese beans-throwing holiday in the area of Tokyo include Zojoji Temple, Ikegami Honmonji Temple, Kawasaki Daishi in Kawasaki, Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Narita, and Takahatasanmyooin Kongoji in Hino. Tens of thousands of attendees come to see the splendid celebration. Outside of Tokyo, Yasaka Shrine and Kitano-temmangū Shrine in Kyoto also promise stunning Setsubum celebrations.

Best time to see Setsubun in Japan 2020
Demons being frightened away with soy beans 2020
Demons being frightened away with soy beans