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Setsubun Festival in Fukuoka 2021

the Bean-Throwing Ritual at Kushida Shrine in 2018 ※the Bean-Throwing Ritual has been cancelled in 2021

Due to the spread of COVID-19, many bean throwing rituals have been cancelled this year. Please check below information of the main Setsubun festivals in Fukuoka.

Bean scattering ritual at the day before the first day of spring has been held since Muromachi period, and even today it has taken root at Japanese homes as an important seasonal event. 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.

Grand Setsubun Festival [Kushida Shrine]

※Bean-throwing Ritual (Feb 3,) and Festival Eve (Feb 2) have been cancelled this year.
※“Otafuku (smiling woman) mask” will be set until February 11, (Thu/hol).

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 to February 11 (Thu/hol).

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

Usually every year Toshi-otoko/-onna (people born under the current Zodiac sign) and local noted personalities of Fukuoka/ Hakata throw beans lavishly from Noh stage. This year Bean-throwing Ritual has been cancelled.

[Festival Eve] cancelled in 2021
[Grand Setsubun Festival] February 3 (Wed), 2021
・Bean-throwing Ritual / Cancelled
・Yakuyoke-kaiun Prayer Ceremony 10:00 ~ 18:00 ※only available for those who have got purification ritual.
・Distribute the lucky beans (at Seidou 清道) 10:00 ~ 16:00 ※ends as soon as the beans run out

Kushida Shrine

  • Nakasu-Kawabata Area

This grand tutelary shrine of Hakata is widely known and people warmly refer to it as “Okushida-san.” It is dedicated to the gods of Ohatanushi-no-mikoto, Amaterasu-omikami and Susanowo-no-mikoto. According to tradition, in 757, when Emperor Koken was in the reign and Tairano Kiyomori designated …

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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.

Every year the 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.

※To prevent the spread of COVID 19, the bean-throwing ritual has been cancelled. Instead, the lucky beans will be handed out directly.

[The Setsubun Festival] 13:00 – 16:00, February 2 (Tue), 2021
・Setsubun bean-throwing ritual / cancelled
・Distribute the lucky beans: 13:00 – 16:00
・Fukubiki lottery: 13:00 – 17:00

[Kaiun-Yakuyoke (bringing in fortune and warding off evil) / Setsubun Grand Festival]
10:00 – 18:00, February 3 (Wed), 2021
・Setsubun bean-throwing / cancelled
・Distribute the lucky beans: 10:00 – 16:00
・Fukubiki lottery: 10:00 – 17:00

・Goma Prayer (fire ritual) for Kaiun-yakuyoke (warding off evil and bringing in fortune), Star Festival/ Fire Festival will be held as usual.

◎Tochoji Temple website 

Tochoji Temple

  • Hakata Area

This head temple of Shingon Buddhism Kyushu sect is given the special name Nangakuzan. It is dedicated to a famous monk called Kobo-Daishi (Kukai). According to tradition, Kobo-daishi set up this temple when he came back from China and prayed for the eastward dissemination of Tantric Buddhism. This…

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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.

Every year 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. This year the ritual of Oniyara has been cancelled.

※To prevent the spread of COVID 19, the bean-throwing ritual has been cancelled.

11:00 – 18:00, February 3 (Wed), 2020
・Oniyarai Ritual / cancelled
・Bean-throwing Ritual / cancelled
・Bean-throwing Ritual at  yakuduka(疫塚) will be held as usual from Jan 23 to Feb 3

◎Sumiyoshi Shrine website

Sumiyoshi Shrine

  • Hakata Area

This shrine is dedicated to the gods of Sokotsutsuo-no-kami, Nakatsutsuo-no-kami and Uwatsutsuo-no-kami and it was officially designated in ancient time as one of the high ranked shrines. It was once admired as the greatest shrine of Chikuzen area (northern part of the present Fukuoka prefecture). …

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Setsubun Yakuyoke Prayer Ceremony [Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine]

At Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine, Setsubun Yakuyoke Prayer Festival will be held from January 26 (Tue) to February 28 (Sun) 2021.

Usually every year on the day of Setsubun on February 2, “bean-throwing rituals” for warding off evils and bringing in fortune will be held at Tenjin Hiroba.

This year the “bean-throwing rituals” has been cancelled. Only the ceremony will be held in the main hall from 10:30.

[Setsubun Yakuyoke Prayer Festival]
January 26 (Tue) to February 28 (Sun) 2021.

[Setsubun Day]
February 2 (Tue), 2021
・Bean-throwing Ritual/ cancelled
Only the ceremony will be held in the main hall from 10:30.

Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine website https://www.dazaifutenmangu.or.jp/

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

  • Fukuoka City Neighborhoods

The shrine is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane who is known as the god of learning, it is busy all through the year with a lot of visitors praying for success in exams and academic achievement. 6000 plum trees are planted on the site and they start to decorate the shrine beautifully around early Feb…

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Yakuyoke-Shofuku Setsubun Festival (Lucky-bean Throwing Ritual) [Miyajidake Shrine]

Bean throwing ritual has been held since Muromachi period, and even today it has taken root at Japanese homes as an important seasonal event.

At Miyajidake Shrine, the lucky beans will be scattered on January 30, 31, February 2, and 3 by people who are in their yakudoshi (unlucky year) and toshi-otoko and toshi-onna (men and women born in the year of the same zodiac sign with that of the current year) wearing traditional Japanese clothing called kamishimo while shouting “fukuwa uchi, oniwa soto” (Luck in! Demons out!).

※This year general visitors will not be able to receive the thrown beans. Only could watch the bean-throwing ritual.

Lucky beans and other lucky items of Setsubun available from mid-January come with fukukuji (fortune lottery) with which special prizes can be won, and the shrine receives lots of worshippers every year.

[Bean-throwing Ritual]
・January 30 (Sat) ~ 31 (Sun), 2021 / 12:00 – , 15:00 –
・February 2 (Tue) – 3 (Wed), 2021 / 12:00 – , 15:00 – 
※the Bean-throwing Ritual will be held only twice a day this year.
※This year general visitors will not be able to receive the thrown beans. Only could watch the bean-throwing ritual.
※The lucky bean(with fukukuji) is available for purchase.

[Setsubun Festival Fukukuji lottery]
the Fukukuji lucky lottery this year will be handed out for free to whom visit on January 30 (Sat) – 31 (Sun), February 2(Sat) – 3 (Sun). ※Limited quantity.

◎Miyajidake Shrine website 

Yakuyoke-Shofuku Setsubun Festival (Lucky Bean-Throwing Ritual) [Miyajidake Shrine] 2021

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  • Fukuoka City Neighborhoods

Lucky Bean-Throwing RitualBean throwing ritual has been held since Muromachi period, and even today it has taken root at Japanese homes as an important seasonal event.At Miyajidake Shrine, the lucky beans will be scattered on January 30, 31, February 2, and 3 2021 by people who are in their yakudos…

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