Duke University Press (2003)
Akakura Mountain Shrine
The New Year's Rite
The ritual year at Akakura begins with New Year's festivities at the shrine, including a performance of the demon-expelling setsubun rite, of bean tossing (see Immortal Wishes, p. 164). The date is determined according to the lunar calendar.
Internet Resources on New Year's in Japan
Get Out Ogre! Come In Happiness! Setsubun in Japan; A Lunar "New Years' Eve" (Steve Renshaw and Saori Ihara)
Very interesting and helpful article on setusubun, the Japanese ritual of expelling demons at New Year's.
Note: The annual ritual cycle at Akakura Mountain Shrine is governed by a combination of the Japanese lunar and solar calendars. For a helpul introduction to the lunar calendar in Japan, see the website by Steve Renshaw and Saori Ihara :
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