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In with fortune! Out with the evil!

  • Feb 10, 2016
  • by HJ

Culture Tohoku

Setsubun

At Chusonji in Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture, sumo wrestlers are invited to drive the evil spirits away from people and wish for the perfect health and fortune.

It is a part of the event called “Setsubun” and it literally means “division of seasons.” It is used to mark the end of winter and summer, and is derived from the old lunar calendar. However, “setsubun” has now come to mean the day before the first day of spring only. It usually occurs around February 3rd. On this day, in a custom called mame-maki, people throw and scatter roasted soy beans inside and outside their houses while saying, “Get goblins out of the house! Invite happiness into the home!”

The participants enjoyed throwing peanuts (250kg) and soy beans (18kg) and gathered at the end of the event.

Source: Yomiuri Online
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/iwate/news/20160206-OYTNT50105.html

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