Setsubun marks the changing of the seasons. In the traditional calendrical cycle, it was held four times a year for the first day of spring, summer, fall, and winter, but today, only the spring component remains. The day before the first day of spring in February (according to the traditional lunisolar calendar) is celebrated by tossing beans as a rite of purification.
The event is very popular, and the beans are also likened to a “great treasure” cast about for the fortune of shrinegoers. The event also includes a unique float dedicated to archery, tossing of ceremonial beans, and blessing parishioners with an ornament made of golden coins.
The bean-tossing event is held in the morning and afternoon. The morning session is for the lay public, and they solicit people to host the proceedings. If you are interested in taking part as a shrine volunteer, you can contact them directly. The afternoon session is for members of political and business circle and the arts, and celebrities take charge of hosting the rituals.
Oyama Afuri Shrine Setsubun Festival
［Date］Generally held on February 3rd
［Place］Oyama Afuri Shrine (lower shrine)
［TEL］0463-95-2006(9:00 AM-5:00 PM)