Setsubun and Demons

Setsubun is the day before the beginning of spring according to the lunisolar calendar. On the evening of this day, people in Japan open the doors of their houses and drive the demons (i.e., bad luck) out of their homes by throwing handfuls of beans. Demons have been regarded not only as bad beings but also as important, strong and "close-to-god" existences. I will try to maintain pleasant relations with them.

by takeshihashimoto | 2012-02-03 22:29 | Personal

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