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Have You Bean There, Done That?: Senso-ji's Setsubun Jam Session!

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2024.01.25 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, inbound tourism adviser and consultant, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Are you ready to exorcize those pesky evil spirits and usher in good vibes? Setsubun, the day before Risshun, is not just a celebration; it's a blast of tradition and excitement! All over Japan, people prepare for the New Year by throwing beans to drive away bad juju. And guess where one of the biggest parties takes place? At Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo!

Setsubun kicks off with a bean bonanza - first the beans are thrown by a select few, and then participants pick up one more than your age and get a year of health and happiness. Senso-ji Temple takes it to the next level by pioneering a massive setsubun fiesta in Edo. Get ready for a lively bean-throwing show by entertainers and the epic "Shichifukujin no Mai" dance dedication.

But that's not all, folks! Senso-ji Temple brings you a procession of New Year's men throwing beans like there's no tomorrow. And be sure to soak up the "Senshuubanzei, fuku wa uchi" vibe - the declaration of good fortune that flourishes within the sacred confines of the temple, where, as the saying goes, all good things come to those who wait.

The entertainment doesn't stop there - get ready for the dazzling "Fukuju-no-mai," where the dance of the Seven Lucky Gods takes center stage. Celebrities join in and throw beans from a special stage in the main hall - an experience you won't want to miss!

Want to join the fun? In the past, the action started with the New Year's Men leading the way. Then, children from Sensoji Kindergarten usually bring an extra dose of cuteness to the bean-throwing ceremony. And for a dose of good luck from New Year's to Setsubun, be sure to grab "Setsubun/Risshun fuda" paper cutouts and "FUKU-MAME" (lucky beans)!

So grab your lucky charm and dive into the Setsubun celebration at Senso-ji Temple. It's not just a cultural shindig - it's a riot of fun and tradition rolled into one. Catch those beans, spread the good vibes, and let's start the year off with a bang!

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