This tourist attraction has been added into “My Plan”.
Introducing Sensoji Temple Setsubun Society, the first setsubun event of the Edo period. The word "setsubun" originally meant the division of the seasons, but today it refers specifically to the division of winter and spring. In Japan, it is customary to sow beans to ward off evil spirits, which are said to enter easily at the change of seasons.
The main event at Sensoji Temple Setsubun Society is the bean-throwing by cultural entertainers associated with Asakusa. It is also known for the dedication of "Fukuju no Mai," one of the three major Sensoji Temple dances. This year, the festival will be held on February 3, which is Setsubun. More than 50 entertainers will participate in this year's bean toss.
In the past, Setsubun Society at Sensoji Temple was characterized by the scattering of 10,000 paper cutouts after the Buddhist memorial service of Setsubun Society. Today, volunteers from the general community serve as New Year's men and toss the beans onto a stage outside the east corridor of the main hall after the Buddhist service. Visitors can expect to see large crowds thronging around Sensoji Temple with their hands raised, hoping to catch some of the beans thrown from the balcony of the temple - beans that will offer some luck to ward off evil spirits. There is also a performance of the Shichifukujin, or Seven Lucky Gods.
Sensoji Temple is a 5–7-minute walk from Asakusa Station on the Ginza Line, Tobu Skytree Line, Toei Subway and Tsukuba Express lines.
Don't miss the chance to participate in this traditional event and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Sensoji Temple. Experience the bean throwing ceremony and enjoy the performances of the Seven Lucky Gods. Join us at the Setsubun Society and welcome the arrival of spring in true Japanese style. Then you can say that you have “Bean there, done that.”