immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)


Akakura Mountain Shrine Rituals

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.

Previous Ceremony:

Mountan Closing Ceremony



Dragon Princess rite

(February 15)

Internet Resources on New Year's in Japan

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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