Here are some pics and videos from this year’s Setsubun at Kanda Myojin, the same shrine at which I rang in the new year. That’s “New Year’s” according to the modern calendar – according to the old calendar though, the lunar new year is celebrated at the beginning of February – which is also the demarcation between Winter and Spring. Fans of Hyouka will be quite familiar with the way the old calendar dates (still used by Shrines) differ from the Gregorian calendar dates.
The most famous part of Setsubun, of course, is Mamemaki – the bean-throwing ceremony so memorably portrayed in last week’s Shirokuma Café. At Kanda Myojin it consists of a bunch of celebrities tossing goodies at the crown from the second story of one of the Shrine buildings. I didn’t recognize any of them, though one was wearing a super sentai mask – last year they had AKB48 (no word on whether any of them had shaved heads).