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Setsubun marks the end of the winter season (duting the first week of February). Celebrants perform a ceremony alleged to rid their homes of bad spirits and call in good ones. Each year, people don scary oni masks and throw soy beans out the window while shouting "oniwasoto," or "devils go out." Temples and shrines hold ceremonies where priests lead a purification process and throw packets of soybeans and candy to the assembled crowds.

Even if you don't make it out the the Naminoue Shrine for Setsubun, head out to see the traditional Japanese architechture and seek spiritual well being.

Address: Naminoue Shrine Naha
Directions: Head south on Highway 58 into Naha. Make a right at the Izumizaki intersection, then follow the signs to the shrine.

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  • Written Nov 22, 2006
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