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Honjo-ji Temple Setsubun* Oni Dance


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The Hokkeshu-sohonzan Honjo-ji Temple Setsubun Oni Dance is a melee of red, blue, yellow, green, and black oni, or Japanese demons, running amok with saws, axes, and knives in the main temple grounds. At the end, boys and girls born in a year with the same Chinese Zodiac sign as the current year repel the oni by throwing beans at them and yelling “fuku wa uchi, oni wa soto” or “in with luck, out with demons,” a tradition which is across Japan on Setsubun to pray for peace and safety. In the somber atmosphere of the temple grounds, you can fully feel the impact of the reverberating cries of the oni and their destructive rampage.

* Setsubun is a Japanese holiday that celebrates the day before spring on the lunar calendar. Japanese people participate in traditional events such as the aforementioned bean throwing to drive away evil sprits and bring in good fortune.

February 3rd(Setsubun)

Hokkeshu-sohonzan Hojo-ji Temple, 1-1-20 Nishihonjoji, Sanjo City
●10 minutes by foot from JR Sanjo Station on the Shinetsu Line
●15 minutes by car from the Sanjo-Tsubame IC on the Hokuriku Expressway

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