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Special Issue : February

Setsubun Festival, the Bringer of Spring. Gather up good luck beans and rice cakes.

Mishima Taisha Shrine

February in Japan is the coldest time of the year.

While snow does not accumulate on the plains within the prefecture, nevertheless the areas along the mountains get regular snowfalls.

However, February is, on the traditional calendar, the month when winter changes to spring.

The division between the two is marked by Setsubun.
This traditional calendar, brought over from China centuries ago, designates the 4th day of the second month as "the start of spring," when spring arrives, and on the 3rd, the previous day, it is said to be good to throw roasted beans to drive out evil spirits.

This event is held in each household of course, but also on a large scale at shrines and temples, and event sites.
 Shrines are packed with people and worshippers enthusiastically trying to pick up the "lucky beans" thrown by the shrine priests.

In Shizuoka Prefecture, such bean-throwing events are held at temples and shrines such as the Mishima Taisha Shrine, the Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, Oi Shrine, and the Hattasan Soneiji Temple.

Shizuoka has the interesting custom of throwing confectionary and rice cakes as well as beans.

Kunozan Toshogu Shrine

Burning of Mt. Omuro

Bishamonten Festival

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