Stars throw soybeans in <I>setsubun</I> event at Naritasan Shinshoji temple

National Feb 3, 2020

Stars throw soybeans in setsubun event at Naritasan Shinshoji temple

An annual bean-throwing event was held Monday at Naritasan Shinshoji, a major Buddhist temple in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, to mark setsubun, the day before the start of spring according to Japan's ancient calendar. On setsubun, people traditionally throw soybeans, chanting "oni wa soto" ("demons out") ...

Agency issues warning over children swallowing Setsubun beans

National Feb 2, 2016

Agency issues warning over children swallowing Setsubun beans

Ahead of Setsubun on Wednesday, the day to celebrate the beginning of spring, the Consumer Affairs Agency has warned parents to guard against small children accidentally swallowing soybeans. People customarily throw and eat roasted soybeans on Setsubun to drive away evil spirits and invite good fortune. However, ...