On Sunday, February 5, we will celebrate Setsubun. Setsubun is also known as the “bean throwing” ceremony and is a traditional way to celebrate the onset of early springtime. It was believed that ogre-like creatures known as Oni would bring bad luck and ill health to households in Japan. In order to combat this, dry-roasted soybeans are ceremonially thrown at the Oni to drive him away.
Our shami, Kan-e (aka Eisho) will be leading the service (and bean throwing should an Oni happen to appear). People born in the Year of the Rooster are especially encourage to attend. This is your year!
Following the service there will be a potluck lunch. Please bring a dish and join us.