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1 2014 Year Nickname “Uma” (Horse)
2 Event Calender

3 How to apply to Hoikuen

4 Hokago Room
5 How to use public bicycle parks
6 Flying a kite
7 Bean-throwing ceremony
8 Hina doll’s Festival
9 Japanese Cooking
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Bean-throwing ceremony

 
 

People believed long time ago that unhappiness such as disease was brought by bad demons. So Bean-throwing ceremony means to send away these bad demons by throwing roasted soybeans  (that can be bought in a supermarket etc.) while saying “Oni-wa-soto  (Demon out)”. This is done on Setsubun-day that is the Eve of the beginning of Spring. This was originally from China and begun in 706 in Japan.

Now kids throw beans to an adult wearing demon mask while saying “Oni-wa-soto  (Demon out)”. Additionally in order to call good fortune, beans are thrown into the house while saying “Fuku-wa-uchi  (Good fortune in)”. Then people eat beans which are the same number as his/her age. It will be on Feb. 3rd in year 2014.

Now Bean-throwing ceremony is performed in many temples and shrines. Especially famous place in Chiba Prefecture is Shinsyo-ji in Narita where invited Sumo wrestlers and entertainers throw beans. You can go to Narita by JR Express Train from JR Funabashi Station. It takes about 1 hour and the train ticket costs 820 Yen. You can also use Keisei Limited Express Train from Keisei Funabashi Station. It takes about 40 minutes and the train ticket costs 520 Yen. Please try once for your fun.

It is also performed in Senso-ji of Asakusa.  You can go to Asakusa by Keisei train from Keisei Funabashi Station. It takes about 30 minutes and the train ticket costs 480 Yen.

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