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Setsubun

Setsubun

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Shrines and temples hold rites to exorcise demons at an event marking the start of spring according to the lunar calendar.
On this day, every family takes dried beans called "mamemaki" and throws them at costumed demons while yelling, "Out with the demon, in with good fortune" to drive away the ogre. People also eat "futomaki" sushi while facing a direction that has been decided as auspicious for that particular year. It is also customary to eat one more bean than your age.
The Setsubun Festival at Yoshida-jinja Shrine is especially lively, lined with stalls and crowded with people.
The biggest attraction is the Fire Festival. The ceremony begins at 11 PM when a seven meter tall fire is used to burn the offerings of worshipers. A broad, blazing column of fire scorches the chilled night air.



Yoshida-jinja Shrine Setsubun Festival
Dates: 2nd-4th Feb. 
Address: 30 Yoshida-kaguraoka-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Access: 5-minute walk from City Bus Kyodai-Seimonmae Stop.


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