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節分 豆まき, Scatter of the beans


  "Setsubun 節分" originally meant a division of seasons based on the old lunar calendar.

  Then, it came to mean the day of the start of the spring season.

  Japanese usually celebrates it on February 3rd by scattering the roasted soy beans as a custom called "Mame-maki 豆まき".


  Mame-maki at home  


  It's done in the evening.  We scatter the beans inside and outside our houses while chanting "Oni wa soto!  Fuku wa uchi" 鬼は外福は内.  That means "Demon! Get out of the house!" - - throwing beans to outside.  Next, "Come on in! Happiness!" - - throwing beans from outside to inside.


  As other practices on that day, we eat the eaqual numbers of or plus one beans to our age after the scattering and also eat fat rolls called Eho-maki (恵方巻, a whole roll for a person).


  Mame-maki festival  


  Some typical shrines and temples in each region all over the country hold the festival.  Priests, VIP of the city, and well known guests like sports and movie stars scatter the beans from the temporary stage.

  There are several places which hold that event also in Kamakura, such as Kenchoji, Hasedera, Kamakuragu, and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.

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