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Grand Setsubun Festival [Kushida Shrine]

Grand Setsubun Festival will be held at Kushida Shrine which has been popular among the local people as the center place to pray for local gods in Hakata and is called by nickname of “Okushida-san”.

This grand festival begun in the late Edo period is crowded throughout the day with many people pray for protection from evil spirits.

The Japan’s biggest (5 meters in height) “Otafuku (smiling woman) mask” is set up at the shrine’s three entrances of Romon, Hokujinmon, and Nanjinmon gate from January 25 (Fri) to February 11 (Mon/hol).

It’s said that entering directly through the mouth to the shrine, you’ll receive prosperity in business and family safety.

Toshi-otoko/-onna (people born under the current Zodiac sign) and local noted personalities of Fukuoka/ Hakata throw beans lavishly from Noh stage every 30 minutes and Kumamon mascot will join as well at 10:30 and 15:30!

It is believed that if you get caught by a red or blue ogre inside the shrine grounds on the festival day, your evil spirits will be driven out.

[Festival Eve] February 2 (Sat), 2019
-Setsubun Fukumukae Ceremony
Giant Otafuku mask purification and entering ceremony for the New Year: from 11:00
-Setsubun Festival Eve
Offering ceremony of sacred music and dancing: 17:00 / 18:00 (2 times)

[Grand Setsubun Festival] February 3 (Sun), 2019
-Bean-throwing Ritual 10:00 – 16:00 (every 30 minutes)
Throwing beans by Kumamon mascot 10:30 / 15:30
-Yakuyoke-kaiun Prayer Ceremony 10:00 – 18:00
-Fukubiki lotteries for winning good-luck prizes 10:00 – 18:00

Grand Setsubun Festival [Kushida Shrine]

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Grand Setsubun Festival will be held at Kushida Shrine which has been popular among the local people as the center place to pray for local gods in Hakata and is called by nickname of “Okushida-san”. This grand festival begun in the late Edo period is crowded throughout the day with many people pray…

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Setsubun Festival [Tochoji Temple]

Once-a-year Setsubun Festival has been popular and loved among locals as “fuku-wa uchi, oni-wa soto” (shouts of out with evil, in with fortune).

The festival at Tochoji Temple has been continuously held since Muromachi Period, and Seven Deities of Good Fortune and Otafuku (smiling woman) also appear on the day.

During the festival, the multi-armed Kannon statue, Japan’s one of the important intangible cultural assets and Rokkakudo Buddhist sanctum, a cultural asset in Fukuoka City, are open to public and every year the temple is full of worshippers.

On February 3 (Sun) of Grand Setsubun festival, the bean-throwing ritual will be held lavishly by Toshi-otoko (men who were born in a year with the same Chinese zodiac sign as the current year) and local noted personalities of Fukuoka/ Hakata, as well as rice cakes, oranges, sweets, and more are thrown swiftly from the main hall of the temple
 
Shops sell Fukumame (fortune beans) and lucky charms, and serve Amazake (sweet fermented rice drink) will be set up.

[The Festival Eve] 13:00 – 18:00, February 2 (Sat), 2019
●Setsubun bean-throwing: as-needed basis from 13:00
●Fukubiki lottery: 13:00 – 18:00

[Kaiun-Yakuyoke (bringing in fortune and warding off evil) / Setsubun Grand Festival]
10:00 – 18:00, February 3 (Sun), 2019
●Setsubun bean-throwing: as-needed basis from 09:30
●Goma Prayer (fire ritual) for Kaiun-yakuyoke (warding off evil and bringing in fortune):from 11:00 / 14:00 / 17:00
●Star Festival/ Fire Festival: from 10:00

Setsubun Festival [Tochoji Temple]

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Once-a-year Setsubun Festival has been popular and loved among locals as “fuku-wa uchi, oni-wa soto” (shouts of out with evil, in with fortune).The festival at Tochoji Temple has been continuously held since Muromachi Period, and Seven Deities of Good Fortune and Otafuku (smiling woman) also appear…

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Setsubun Festival [Sumiyoshi Shrine]

This is a primary shrine of about 2000 Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan. Sumiyoshi Shrine located in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City where people believe in for warding off evil and bringing in fortune, safe navigation, protection of ships, and deity of Sumo.

Setsubun Festival will be held on February 3 (Sun), 2019 at this shrine.

The ritual of Oniyarai will be held, in which 4 golden-eyed Hoso-shi, who has a shield and a pike, drives off evil by “momo-no yumi (bow)” and “ashi-no ya (arrow)” which have miracle power to pestilence.

The bean-throwing will be held after the ritual of Oniyarai every one hour from 11:00 at sacred dance stage. If you get a winning ticket in scattered beans, you can play a Fukubiki lottery.

11:00 – 18:00, February 3 (Sun), 2019
●Oniyarai Ritual: 11:00/ 15:00/ 18:00
●Bean-throwing: 11:00 – 18:00 (every one hour)

If you get a winning ticket in scattered beans, you can play a Fukubiki lottery.
Visitors who received fortune beans from the shrine will also be able to play a Fukubiki lottery.
Offering for fortune beans: 500 yen

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This is a primary shrine of about 2000 Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan. Sumiyoshi Shrine located in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City where people believe in for warding off evil and bringing in fortune, safe navigation, protection of ships, and deity of Sumo.Setsubun Festival will be held on February 3 (Sun), 20…

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Setsubun Yakuyoke Prayer Ceremony [Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine]

At Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine, Setsubun Yakuyoke Prayer Festival will be held on the day of Setsubun, February 3 (Sun), 2019. The shrine will be crowded during the period with many people who pray for protecting themselves against evils for the year.

On the day of Setsubun, “bean-throwing rituals” for warding off evils and bringing in fortune will be held at Tenjin Hiroba.

There’s a tradition at Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine that if you drink “sake in a gourd” under the plum tree of Tenjin-sama’s great affection, you’ll be able to avoid misfortune in mysterious ways.

Only during the period, the sake will be served under the sacred plum tree, “flying plum”, for people who have received a Yakuyoke prayer (paid).

“Fuku-uchiwa” that ward off evils and bring in fortune and “Setsubun Fuku-mame” used for bean-throwing rituals will be sold for a limited time only.

[Setsubun Yakuyoke Prayer Festival]
January 26 (Sat) – February 3 (Sun), 2019

[Setsubun Day]
February 3 (Sun), 2019
Bean-throwing Ritual: around 10:30 and 14:00 (2 times)

Setsubun Yakuyoke Prayer Ceremony [Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine]

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 At Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine, Setsubun Yakuyoke Prayer Festival will be held on the day of Setsubun, February 3 (Sun), 2019. The shrine will be crowded during the period with many people who pray for protecting themselves against evils for the year.On the day of Setsubun, “bean-throwing rituals…

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