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Setsubun – the day before the beginning of spring in Japan

Today, the 3rd of February is Setsubun, the traditional last day of winter.

From the end of the Edo period, people come to expel their bad luck and many Shrines & Temples host the Setsubun Festival all over Japan.
At Fukuoka, you can join the Event at Kushida Shrine and Tocho Temple.


At Kushida Shrine, going through Japan’s largest Otafuku face (smiling face of a woman) installed on the shrine gate, you will see not only people throwing beans but also dancing devils and monsters paying visit to the shrine!
Adults as well as kids can enjoy the festive mood of the shrine, trying a lottery and nibbling on stall foods.


Just a 3 to 5 minute walk from Kushida Shrine, at Tocho Temple, special stages for the Setsubun Festival are built in front of the main hall and the Seven Deities of Good Luck and Otafuku will dance around throwing dried or roasted soybeans and shouting “Fuku-wa-uchi, Oni-wa-Soto (Good Luck In, Evil Spirits Out).
Some throw not only soybeans but also peanuts, chocolates, candies, rice cakes, and even fruit!


Today, Kabuki Stars who are performing Kabuki at Hakata-za from 4-26 February, join the event by throwing soybeans to the visitors !

Author: Kiki

Kiki loves travelling and discovering new cultures and exotic places!! Whenever she has time to take a break from her busy life at her hometown of choice - Paris - she tries to find a new adventure. She has been in almost every Asian country, but Japan remains her number one travel destination. It wouldn't be a suprise if she has spent more time in ryokan and onsen than every Japanese person alive and one of her goals is to hike across the country in order not to miss out on any beautiful spot Japans nature has to offer.

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