[Held this weekend] Setsubun is almost here! Check out the Setsubun events held in Shinsaibashi and Namba

In February, the peak of the cold is gone and the weather is gradually warming up towards spring. In Japan, it is a time when various events are held, such as the Setsubun event where beans are thrown to drive away misfortune and bring happiness, and events related to Valentine’s Day. We will bring you information on events in Kansai that you can enjoy only in February!

What is Setsubun?

What is Setsubun?

Setsubun traditionally refers to the day before the beginning of each season: the first day of spring, the first day of summer, the first day of autumn, and the first day of winter. It also represents the turning points of the four seasons and the division of the seasons.
According to the lunar calendar, “Risshun” marks the beginning of the year, so it is said that at some point it came to specifically refer to the day before the first day of spring.
Since the middle of the Muromachi period, this festival has been actively held for the purpose of driving away evil spirits and epidemics, and in particular, the “tsuina ceremony”, which was passed down to the imperial court from ancient China, gradually evolved over time and became the ritual of scattering beans. It evolved into a folk ritual to pray for the exorcism of evil spirits.

Since ``Risshun'' marks the beginning of the year, it is said that at some point it came to specifically refer to the day before the first day of spring.

Celebrities sometimes throw beans in places like Kyoto.

(NEWS)◼️ Today, February 1st, Setsubun Festival was held in Shinsekai.

The Tsutenkaku Setsubun Fukumame Throwing was held on February 1, 2024 from 9:30 to 9:45 at the 1st floor plaza. In 2024, we have prepared peanuts (1000 bags) in special lucky bean bags, and
the scenery of Mr. Billiken vigorously scattering them with “good luck” has returned.
Eight people, including the performers of “Bakemono no Ko” performed by the Shiki Theater Company, threw lucky beans at an outdoor observatory 94.5 meters above the ground, chanting, “Demons are outside, fortune is inside.”

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Namba Yasaka Shrine Setsubun Festival [February 3, 2024 from 6:00 pm]

Namba Yasaka Shrine Setsubun Festival

From 6:00 p.m., the ” Setsubun Festival ” will be held at the main shrine, followed by the ” Oiina Ceremony ” at the Shishiden Hall . We welcome those who are in a bad year and other parishioners, and everyone will serve by throwing beans, driving away evil spirits (demons) and praying for peace. We will hold an event to pray for good health in the coming year.

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◼️Namba Yasaka Shrine

  • Facility name Namba Yasaka Shrine
    Address 2-9-19 Motomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka
    Phone number 06-6641-1149
    Closed days Open all year round
    Admission fee Free to visit
    Parking None
    Opening hours 6:00-17:00
    HP https:// nambayasaka.jp/

Mitsu Hachimangu Shrine Setsubun Festival [February 3, 2024 from 7:00 p.m.

The Setsubun Festival is also held at Mitsu Hachiman Shrine in Shinsaibashi’s America Village, where a bean-throwing event is held. There is a winning lottery ticket inside the fukumame, so you can win prizes.
This is an enjoyable event that will be held 7 times every 15 minutes.

On the night of Setsubun, a bean-throwing ritual is held on the grounds.The person who wins the year-old man or year-old woman throws a lucky bean with a lottery ticket in it, and the worshipers who pick it up receive a prize in exchange for good luck.Approximately 5,000 lucky beans were collected by everyone from infants to the elderly.Mame-throwing will be held seven times that day, starting at 7:00 p.m. and continuing every 15 minutes until 8:30.

Festival nameMitsu Hachiman Shrine Setsubun Festival
VenueMitsu Hachiman Shrine
address2-10-7 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture
Organizer/ManagementMitsu Hachiman Shrine
Organizer/management phone number06-6211-8655