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Setsubun (the bean-throwing ceremony)

We celebrateSetsubun (the bean-throwing ceremony)’ on February 3rd in Japan. Setsubun means 'seasonal division', and it's the day before the spring starts according to the lunar calendar.

For many centuries, people of Japan have been performing rituals with the purpose of chasing away evil spirits at the start of the spring.

In modern times, the most commonly performed setsubun ritual is the throwing of roasted beans at Oni (a demon : a symbol of evils)’.
Generally, one member of a family wear a mask of Oni, and the others throw beans at Oni.
Also, it’s common to attend the bean-throwing ceremony at temples and shrines.


On February 3rd, we attended the bean-throwing ceremony at Saijyo Inari temple in Okayama City.
What’s more, Momotaro joined us. Hi
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It takes about 40min by car from the Centre of Okayama City.

Saijyo Inari temple is one of the greatest temples in Japan, it has a history of 1200years. That is a gate (torii) of the temple. It’ s huge
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It is 27.5m high, 2800t in weight… Spectacular


(left) This street is ‘Monzen machi’ which leads to the temple. 
         Shops and restaurants are lining along the street.
(right) ‘Niou gate’.  It adopted the architectural style of India. 
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I run into ‘Oni’  He was terrifying…
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As a matter of fact, Oni often appears in Japanese old tails as an enemy of people.


Finally, we arrived at the main shrine.
The way to here was crowded, so we rushed at the end.
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(left) That is the main shrine.
(right) The beans was thrown from the wall behind us.


The bean-throwing started
I saw many people (about 750people) on the wall throwing  the beans to us.
They are calledFuku otoko (a lucky man)’ and ‘Fuku onna (a lucky woman)’.
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There were also three TV stars invited as guests.
One of them is a well-known actress, so some boys were cheering


The red stuff in the air is a bag of beans
Everyone was making desperate efforts to get the beans…
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What surprised me was the power of old ladies
Eventually I was pushed away and carried away from the crowd...
Be careful not to fall over when you first attend the bean-throwing


We got some bags of beans at last Good job
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Then, I realized that each bag has a lottery on its back.
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The prize was ‘Goen manjyu (lucky cake)’. Congratulations


Apparently, about 30 thousand of people attended the ceremony… my goodness



The bean-throwing is performed at home as well.
What you have to do first is buying a mask of Oni and roasted beans at the supermarket.
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Choose one person who wears Oni mask (usually it’s going to be a father),
and throw beans at Oni shouting 'Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi! (Get out evils, come in Happiness)'.


After throwing the beans, you are supposed to eat the number of beans, which corresponds to your age.
Since it’s believed that the beans make you healthy and happy
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We also have a special food for Setsubun.
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As you can see, it’s a long sushi roll which is called ‘Ehou roll’.
People eat it facing toEhou (the direction deemed to be lucky)’.
Ehou roll has seven kinds of ingredients in it, as 7 is considered auspicious in Japan.


It’s Momotaro’s favorite
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Recently, the sweets modeled on Ehou roll are receiving a great deal of the attention.

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What we came into was a rolled cake.
There were some different flavor, such as strawberry, black beans and chestnut. 
This cake becoming popular among young women.   


Shall we try it

Oh, don’t forget facing to Ehou of this year. North-northwest is Ehou of 2012.
Besides, you are not supposed to speak or make sounds while eating Ehou roll since you might lose your luck.
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It’s tasty To be honest, I prefer this cake to sushi roll


How do you find Setsubun
I hope you can join us to cerebrate it someday.
I wish you a year filled with good things


Saijyo Inari temple
Address: 712 Takamatsu Inari, Kita ward, Okayama City
Tel: 086-287-3700
Access: 10min by car from Soja IC
               40min on foot or 5min by car from JR Bicchu Takamatsu station 
               30min by Chutetsu bus from JR Okayama station, get off at Inariyama bus stop
http://www.inari.ne.jp/about/index.html







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