Do you know setsubun?
Setsubun literally means "seasonal division" and it particularly refers to the spring setsubun.
Setsubun is the day before the beginning of spring that is called Risshun and it is celebrated yearly on February 3.

It is believed that the evils come out as season change and Japanese people participate in traditional events to cleanse away the evils and bring in good fortune.
One of the events is Bean-Throwing Ceremony called Mamemaki.

Roasted soybeans are thrown either out the door or at a member of the family wearing an Oni (ogre) mask, while the throwers chant "Demons out! Luck in!" (Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!). However, this is not common practice in households anymore and most people attend a shrine or temple's Mamemaki.

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Mamemaki at my neighborhood Tenso Shrine yesterday.

Children cried out for beans, candies and snacks.


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