Enjoying Japan’s Sensational Setsubun Festivals

Setsubun Festival

Demons beware: every year on February 3, Japan gets ready to drive out demons and devils with roasted soybeans in a tradition called Setsubun. This bean-throwing is done at home, in offices, and in shrines and temples around the country, and so-called Eho-maki, sushi rolls, are eaten while facing the lucky cardinal direction of the year. Setsbun, literally meaning “seasonal division,” is a tradition from Old Japan, passed and carried on for numerous generations, and there’s no one in the country who doesn’t know what it is.

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