Setsubun – Bean throwing ceremony to cleanse evil

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Admins took part as "Oni" (Devils), we did great!

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).

"Oni wa soto, fuku ha uchi", which means devils out, fortune in, you say this word while throwing beans at the devils
We are ready!
Cute little devil!
Two demonic admins are ready also!
After finished throwing peanuts (and got thrown with), there was sushi roll eating ritual also, where people face towards east while eating a sushi roll and wishing for good fortune during the years to come
cute sushi rolls!
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