Setsubun, or Bean Throwing Ceremony, is the day before beginning of spring in Japan. During this kind of ceremony, people will throw beans (in our case, it was substituted with peanuts!) at “Oni” (devil), or at least people dressing up as devils. This tradition is believed to repel “devils” and bad lucks, while attract good luck to those who participate in the ceremony. Today two of our admins decided to take part in one ceremony held in Hokkaido University, Sapporo Japan.
- Location: 8 Chome Kita 15 Jonishi, Kita, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0815, Hokkaido University, International Cooperation Department.
- Date of Visit: February 1st, 2019
Setsubun itself is actually held every February 3rd every year in Japan, but since February 3rd would have been on Sunday, it was held earlier on Friday (when the building was still open, so international students could still join).