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Best of Setsubun, February 3rd – Read, Go and Make!


We have curated the Best of Setsubun information for your education and amusement. Are you ready for Setsubun? It’s next Friday, February 3rd, 2017. There are so many great festivals, crafts and art associated with Setsubun. Below are some of the best inspirational and educational bits we could find!  We love this print on the left of the little girl devil from artist Ootsu Moeno and will be making the Devil lunch plate below for the kids this week. Enjoy throwing beans and hope to see you at Zozo-ji! – Lauren & Sandra

What is Setsubun?  Setsubun is the day preceding the first day of spring tumblr_inline_n0h063hVqW1ss1desaccording to the old Japanese calendar, or the so-called lunar calendar. On the day of Setsubun, there is the custom of throwing roasted soybeans while chanting “In with Fortune! Out with Evil” in order to prevent evil ogres from entering one’s house. It is believed that the ogres are warded off by throwing beans and that good fortune will then come to one’s home. On this day, events with entertainers and athletes are held at shrines all over the country. According to Japanese tradition, if you eat the same number of beans as your age, you will enjoy a year of good health. (source: Wikipedia)

Setsubun Gourmet by Elizabeth Ando @ Taste of Culture
On Setsubun Japanese families east éhō maki (恵方巻).  These rolls are called é maki because they are to be eaten while facing the auspicious direction (é) chosen for that particular year. This year (2015) the direction is Sei Nan Sei (West by Southwest). You can download Setsubun recipes from the Taste of Culture website! 

 Smain_photo_setsubuneetsubun Celebrations – three great places to see the best Tokyo Setsubun Celebrations on February 3rd (Friday)

1. Senso-ji (Asakusa) – best time to attend is from 1:30 – 2:30

2. Zozo-ji (Shiba) – best time to attend is from 11:30-12:30

3, Arai Yakushi Temple (Nakano) – best time 2;30-4;30

Best of Setsubun – Read, Go and Make!

Printables for Oni (Devil) Masks  (from Surfies Net – Japanese language only) Quick craft to do with your little ones for free!


Red Oni Mask

Blue Oni Mask

Black & White Color your own mask

The Best of Setsubun Creations from artist and Japanese bloggers. Get inspired to create. Sorry, but all links below go to Japanese language we sites only. Love, Love all below!!

Japanese sweets from Le Vert Style       Bean capsules from  KLAStyling


Hard candy, but so cute! woman.excite        Kids meal plate Simple Kitchen



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