3 Feb

Today is February 3rd … in Japan, it’s a holiday called 節分 (Setsubun).

On this day, fathers wear a demon mask and the children throw beans at him and shout 「鬼は外!福は内!」 (“Demon (bad luck) go out! Good fortune come in!”) until he runs away.


Then everyone eats the number of beans corresponding to their age (one bean for each year of their age).

Also, there is a special sushi people eat on this day.

And, at major temples in Japan, there is a ceremony in which celebrities who were born in the current Chinese zodiac year throw beans at the crowd.

We went to the famous 浅草寺 (Sensouji Temple) in 浅草 (Asakusa, Tokyo) and caught some beans that were thrown by famous people there.  The celebrity that I was most looking forward to seeing was 「アニマル浜口)」 (“Animal” Hamaguchi)!

Animal Hamaguchi was a professional wrestler in Japan and then he became the trainer / coach of his daughter, Kyoko, who was a female wrestler that represented Japan at the Olympics and other games.

Animal Hamaguchi is well-known for his loud, animated and humorous support and cheering of his daughter!
I like him!

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The charismatic “Animal” Hamaguchi throwing beans at the crowd.

10 Responses to “Setsubun”

  1. tokyo5 February 3, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    Today is February 3rd … setsubun again.


  2. Musings February 13, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    They reported this in our Hawaii news. It looked like rather a lot of fun. I wish we could have been at Asakusa for that.


    • tokyo5 February 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      Actually, the Asakusa area of Tokyo has many excellent festivals every year!


  3. Glazier-Chan! February 7, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    What a beautiful temple. I’d love to someday see it!


    • tokyo5 February 7, 2013 at 7:33 am #

      This temple is one of the most famous in Japan.
      The lantern in front of its “Lightning Gate” is a symbol of Tokyo.


  4. tokyo5 February 4, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    My family and I went to Sensouji Temple and saw the famous “Animal" Hamaguchi“.

    I updated the post and added a couple photos.


  5. lovelycomplex22 February 4, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    Sounds like fun :)


  6. cocomino February 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Happy Setsubun We’ll eat 恵方巻き tonight :)


    • tokyo5 February 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

      Thanks. That’s great!
      My kids are older so we haven’t thrown beans or eaten the sushi in a while … but we went to 浅草寺 for Setsubun today.
      We saw アニマル浜口!

      I’ll add photos to this post soon


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