Samukawa Shrine Setsubun


Samukawa Shrine Setsubun (寒川神社節分際) is one of the popular Setsubun festival in Kanagawa prefecture. Setsubun is also known as the throwing beans festival held in Feb. 3 at shrines and temples of all over Japan. Setsubun (節分) is the oldest seasonal custom in Japan. Setsubun is a day before spring begins in old Japanese season, which is February 3. At Samukawa Shrine, the beans thrown by the persons of the year has the lottery tickets that you can exchange to some gifts.

Tourist Info.
There are many parking around this Shrine.
There are many foods stands open during the festival.

0. at Kozu Station
1. use JR Tokaido Line to Chigasaki (18 min.)
2. use JR Sagami Line to Miyayama (11 min.)
3. walk south (5 min.)


周围的地图 Samukawa Shrine Setsubun


Samukawa Shrine Setsubun
Samukawa Shrine is found at 927. It is the only major shrine in Sagami 13 shrines. Many famous Samurai's visits this shrine for their fortune.

At Setsubun, you throw soy beans to cerebrate arrival of spring. The magic spell is "Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi (鬼は外、福は内)" which literally means "Devils out, Luck in."

This is called "Mamemaki (豆まき)"

For the family events, one of person wear "Oni men" which is the devil mask to be Oni. Lest of family throw Oni soy beans with "Oni wa soto."

When there is no Oni, you throw soy beans outside of your house from the gate with "Oni wa soto (devils out)", then throw them inside of the house with "Fuku wa uchi (Lucks in)."

After throwing Mamemaki, you eat a specific number of soy beans, which is your age + one.

Also, you eat Ehomaki (恵方巻) " thick sushi roll" looking at the direction of the year. 2009 is eastern-north-east. Once you start eating it, you can't talk till finish.

You should do Mamemaki at night.