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Geisha help out at a Setsubun ceremony | Photo by DozoDomo used under CC

Setsubun Bean Throwing Festival (Feb 3): Every year, Setsubun—a lively bean throwing ceremony—takes place across Japan to mark the end of winter and the coming of spring. The bean throwing element helps ward evil while bringing luck and prosperity. Head to Zojoji Temple for the action.

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Bean Throwing and Dance of the 7 Lucky Gods (Feb 3): Similar to the above event, but with the added dance of the 7 lucky gods to repel bad fortune for the year ahead. This one’s at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa.

Gojoten Shrine Ritual (Feb 3): Instead of beans, this shrine is using another approach to send bad fortune on its merry way: the leaves from Chrysanthemum flowers. The ritual is a great addition to any day out in the Ueno Park area.



Museum of Modern Art Tokyo – Free Admission Day (Feb 4): Head to the MOMAT this Sunday and save yourself the 430 yen admission fee. The museum houses mainly Japanese works of the 20th Century including a number deemed ‘Important Cultural Properties’ or masterpieces.

Oedo Antique Market (Feb 4): A cheapo favorite, Japan’s biggest outdoor market in Japan is back at the Tokyo International Forum. It’s a great spot for finding unique souvenirs, decorating your apartment on a shoestring, or even just strolling around outdoors. The market will be canceled in case of rain through, so keep an eye on the forecast.

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