Posts Tagged ‘Setsubun’

throwing beans

03Feb17

It’s Setsubun today, which means it’s time to throw beans and drive the demons out. And while the soybean savior is driving the demons out, would it be too much to ask for a couple of handfuls to be tossed in the direction of the White House as well?


Last year I went to Ayabe to visit my friends Akita and Ai just before the New Year holiday.  It was cold and snowy — winter storms often blow into this area from across the Sea of Japan — and the city had that sense of quiet about it that so many cities in Japan […]


The Setsubun festival, which is linked with risshun, the traditional start of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar, is celebrated on the 3rd and 4th of February every year by the throwing of beans and the driving out of the demons. Setsubun is closely associated with the lunar New Year and, like so many […]