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Setsubun (Bean Tossing) at Sensoji Temple

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…

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Hozuki Ichi at Sensoji Temple

As the kodoku-nichi (a ritual during which a prayer counts for 100 or 1,000), the Hozuki Ichi is a tradition that takes place every summer since Edo Period. Hozuki means “Japanese lantern” and it is the name of a flower,…

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