Best of Setsubun, February 3rd – Read, Go and Make!


We have curated the Best of Setsubun information for your education and amusement. Are you ready for Setsubun? It’s on Monday, February 3rd. There are so many great festivals, crafts and art associated with Setsubun. Below are some of the best inspirational and educational bits we could find!  We love this print on the left of the little girl devil from artist Ootsu Moeno and will be making the Devil lunch plate below for the kids this week. Enjoy throwing beans and hope to see you at Zozo-ji! – Lauren & Sandra

What is Setsubun?  Setsubun is the day preceding the first day of spring tumblr_inline_n0h063hVqW1ss1desaccording to the old Japanese calendar, or the so-called lunar calendar. On the day of Setsubun, there is the custom of throwing roasted soybeans while chanting “In with Fortune! Out with Evil” in order to prevent evil ogres from entering one’s house. It is believed that the ogres are warded off by throwing beans and that good fortune will then come to one’s home. On this day, events with entertainers and athletes are held at shrines all over the country. According to Japanese tradition, if you eat the same number of beans as your age, you will enjoy a year of good health. (source: Wikipedia)

Here is the bean throwing song sung at Japanese Nurseries & Kindergartens when celebrating Setsubun in Japan.

Setsubun Gourmet by Elizabeth Ando @ Taste of Culture
On Setsubun Japanese families eat éhō maki (恵方巻).  These rolls are called é maki because they are to be eaten while facing the auspicious direction (é) chosen for that particular year. This year (2020) the direction is West Southwest. You can download Setsubun recipes from the Taste of Culture website! 



Futomaki 太巻き (Ehomaki 恵方巻き) by Nami @ Just One Cookbook

Futomaki 太巻き (Ehomaki 恵方巻き) – a traditional thick sushi roll typically filled with vegetables and sometimes include cooked fish like unagi. Ehō-maki (恵方巻) is eaten uncut, like a burrito, and you would eat it while facing the lucky direction (the eho).  This lucky direction changes every year depends on the zodiac symbol for the year. Ehomaki Recipe


 Smain_photo_setsubuneetsubun Celebrations – Three great places to see the best Tokyo Setsubun Celebrations on February 3rd (Monday)

1. Senso-ji (Asakusa) – best time to attend is from 1:30 – 2:30

2. Zozo-ji (Shiba) – best time to attend is from 11:30-12:30

3, Arai Yakushi Temple (Nakano) – best time 2:30-4:30

4. Azabu Juban Shopping Street – 3:00-5:00 – traffic shut down as Devils walk down the street!  Super fun for kids!

Best of Setsubun – Read, Go and Make!

Printables for Oni (Devil) Masks  (from Surfies Net – Japanese language only) Quick craft to do with your little ones for free!


Red Oni Mask

Blue Oni Mask

Black & White Color your own mask

The Best of Setsubun Creations from artist and Japanese bloggers. Get inspired to create. Sorry, but links below go to Japanese language websites only. Love, Love all below!!

Japanese sweets from Le Vert Style


Kids meal plate Simple Kitchen


Purchase adorable Setsubun candies at Candy Show Time 

Living in or visiting Japan with Kids? Here are our favorite holidays and celebrations you should know about in Japan!

January – Coming of Age Day – Celebration of Adulthood for people becoming 18-20.

FebruarySetsubun – Devil Day

MarchGirls Day and White Day

MayBoys Day or Kids Day



OctoberSports Day


DecemberNew Years Celebration

Shichi-Go-San Celebrations


Tokyo Area Strawberry Picking – January to late March


Candy Show Time (Omotesando, Tokyo) – Kawaii Handmade Candy

Ameshin, Oshiage – Astoundingly Realistic Hand-made Candy Animals

Top 2020 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo

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