Setsubun Festival(Ishikiri-Tsurugiya Shrine ) 0

A ceremony held to ward off evil spirits.

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Priests wearing samurai costume (kamishimo), including the shrine's chief priest, scatter beans, peanuts and rice cakes to ward off evil. Zenzai(sweet red-bean soup with a piece of rice cake) are offered to the first 4,000 arrivals from 11:00am.

 ※What is Setsubun ?
"Setsubun" is used to mark the end of winter and summer, and is derived from the old lunar calendar. However, "Setsubun" has now come to mean the day before the first day of spring only.
It usually occurs around February 3rd. On this day, in a custom called mame-maki, people throw andscatter roasted soy beans inside and outside their houses while saying, "Get goblinsout of the house! Invite happiness into the home!"