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Shrine at Setsubun

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Setsubun (節分) is the day before Spring in Japan and roughly coincides with Chinese New Year. It is traditional to throw beans ((豆撒き; mamemaki) during Setsubun to dispel evil spirits and welcome in the new season. Many Shinto shrines throughout the country hold special Setsubun festivals.

Shrine priest dispensing beans at Setsubun festival.

Jake Davies

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