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setsubun event at akagi-jinja shrine, kagurazaka, tokyo;

 

3rd of Feb is, according to oriental calender, believed to be the eve of the beginning of spring. and on this day people are to spread out some roasted soya beans, shouting 'get out, evil spirits!' and 'come on in, good lucks!' after these rituals, we eat as many beans as our age(so i have to take 30 beans this year) in belief that the beans will keep us healthy and wealthy.

 

oops, i have almost forgotten this traditional event, and had never paid attention to this day for many years. but those active kids vividly reminded me of my childhood.

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Taken on January 28, 2006