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Setsubun and Risshun

Setsubun is the 3rd of February in Japan. And the following day is called Risshun, the first day of spring in the lunar calendar. In former times, Risshun was regarded as the first day of the year so Setsubun was regarded as the New Year's Eve. 

People believed that sceptres appeared in the turn of the season so there were and still are various ways of exorsising evil spirits. This custom was introduced to the Imperial Court in the eighth century, and then became popular. Grilled head of sardine and a twig of holly are widely used as protection from harm. And scattering beans is well-known. This is called mamemaki in Japanese and people scatter beans shouting "Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi (Out in the demon! In with the fortune!)". After scattering, each of them eats the beans equal to his or her age. Recently the beans for mamemaki is sold in plastic packs taking eating them after scattering in consideration. Some famous people are invited to shrines and temples to scatter the beans. Such beans are used for divination also.

In many regions, the food for Setsubun is prepared. Some people visit shrines and temples on the day.

This custom reminds me of Halloween in the Western world or Yule in Scandinavia. In fact, children visit other houses and shops to ask sweets in some areas of Mihara, Hiroshima. It is similar to "Tricks or Treats!" in Halloween. And those who visit shrines and temples wear the clothes that is different than usual to protect themselves from harm.

Not only Setsubun, there are some customs in Japan that are similar to those in the Western world also. Like Krampus of Europe, Namahage punishes bad children on the New Year's Eve in Akita region. 


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