Fri, Feb
03

Dojima Yakushido Setsubun Omizukumi Festival

3:00pm – 8:00pm
Free

Celebrated to mark the end of winter and the day before spring begins on the old lunar calendar, Setsubun is an age-old Japanese ceremony thought to drive evil spirits from the house. Many people dress as demons and are herded out of businesses and houses by the bean-throwing occupants — it is a lot of fun and there are festivals all over Japan.

Dojima Yakushido does the festivities a little differently. Instead of mame-maki (bean throwing), it’s Goma-daki — tossing joss sticks into a fire. There’s also a water drawing ritual, called omizukumi, and visitors can receive water that has been blessed by a priest from famous Nara temple Yakushido, which is believed to have purifying properties.

There’s usually a parade, and the festivities often carry over to neighboring bars and restaurants; however, this year’s edition has been scaled back due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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