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Winter to Spring Festival

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February 2, 2019

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category: Festivals
Major City: Nara
Event is: Free

The "Winter to Spring" Festival (in Japanese "Setsubun"; 節分) is a beautiful festival which dates back to 768 AD. The festival is held at the Kasuga Taisha Shrine in Nara. Each of the more than 3,000 lanterns at the timple in the precincts are lit up. The festival is also held in the summer, "Summer to Winter", in August 14th-15th. Most of the lanterns have been donated by normal citizens but some from actual samurai warriors in the Warring States Period. It is traditionally believed that the spirit world comes closer to our world at these times of year. Strips of paper with people's wishes inscribed on them are placed over the lanterns. It's thought that wishes may be granted on Setsubun.

Kasuga Taisha Shrine Home Page

Location: Kasuga Taisha Shrine

Address: Kasugano-cho, Nara.

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