Setsubun is a festival celebrating the beginning of Spring and is observed on February 3rd in Japan. The festival is based on the Lunar calendar and Setsubun is considered to be a type of “new year” festivity and focuses on welcoming “good luck” while getting rid of “bad luck”. Setsubun is neither wholly Buddhist or Shinto in nature and festivals take place in both religions. In this image, a little boy dressed in costume hands out roasted soybeans, which are objects of good luck, to people on the street. You might also see someone dressed up like an oni (demon) who will become a target for the soybean throwing crowd.

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