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Setsubun (Bean Tossing) at Sensoji Temple
Feb 3 at 2:30 pm - 5:30 pmFree
Literally meaning “seasonal division,” setsubun is held in early February each year to mark the beginning of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. Rituals of chasing away evil spirits have commonly been held throughout Japan for centuries. If the 13th century customs of drum playing and burning of sardine heads to keep demons away sounds a bit over the top, then why not try some bean tossing? To make sure their spring brings lots of good fortune, visitors can join to cheer “Demons out, happiness in!” at Sensoji Buddhist temple in Asakusa.