Tokyo Events This Week: Setsubun (Bean-Throwing) Festivals

Adriana Paradiso

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Tokyo events for Monday, January 28 to Sunday, February 3, 2019

This week, do a little market shopping, see some free art and celebrate Setsubun—Japan’s annual bean-throwing festival to ward off bad luck for the upcoming year and welcome in the spring season.

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

Downtown Drinks #34

Join the TC gang and fellow cheapos for a drink (or few) and casual mingling at Commune 2nd. This is our 34th casual meet-up and all are welcome—from readers to travelers to mysterious strangers.



 Downtown Drinks #34

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Dates:31st Jan, 2019
Entry:Free

In the Details – Exhibition

Art exhibition where 14 artists display their works interpreting the theme “In the Details”.

 In the Details - Exhibition

In the Details Art Exhibition
Dates:29th Jan–3rd Feb, 2019
Entry:Free

Machida Tenmangu Antique Fair

Indulge in a little antiquing at this quaint fair. You can find a little bit of everything, from houseware treasures to secondhand kimonos to pottery.

 Machida Tenmangu Antique Fair

Tsuba Antiques
Dates:1st Jul, 2019
Entry:Free

Yoyogi Park Flea Market

A bigger flea market than the one above—and more central too. Peruse hundreds of stalls for clothing, crafts, decor, kitchenware, and more.

 Yoyogi Park Flea Market

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Dates:3rd May–5th May, 2020
Entry:Free

Free Admission Day at the Museum of Modern Art

The MOMAT is free this Sunday. The museum houses mainly Japanese works of the 20th Century including a number deemed ‘Important Cultural Properties’ or masterpieces.

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 Museum of Modern Art - Free Admission Day

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Dates:7th Jul, 2019
Entry:Free

Setsubun Mamemaki (Bean-Throwing) Festival

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 festive action.

 Setsubun Mamemaki (Bean throwing) Festival

Dates:3rd Feb, 2020
Entry:Free

Bean Throwing and Dance of the 7 Lucky Gods

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.

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 Bean Throwing and Dance of the 7 Lucky Gods

Dates:3rd Feb, 2020
Entry:Free

Mt. Takao Setsubun

More beans still at Mt. Takao’s Yakuoin Temple. Joining the crowds and the fun will be prominent singers, sumo wrestlers, and actors. A goma fire ritual takes place before the bean throwing to purify the throwers.

 Mt. Takao Setsubun

Dates:3rd Feb, 2020
Entry:Free

Gojoten Shrine Ritual

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.

 Gojoten Shrine Ritual

Dates:3rd Feb, 2020
Entry:Free

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Adriana's Tokyo favorites are: Mizumoto Park, Gokokuji Temple Tokyo
Filed under: Events, Things to do
Tags: Antiques, Bean Throwing, Flea Markets, Free Art, Markets, Setusubun
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