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Updated: November 14, 2018
Tengu are supernatural beings from Japanese folklore that are often depicted with beaks or long noses. As tengu are regarded as harbingers of business prosperity and good fortune in general, this festival honors these mythical guardians.
This festival is Shimokitazawa's unique take on Setsubun, the Japanese bean-throwing festival. At the Tenkaichi Tengu Parade on Saturday, February 2, tengu will march down Shimokitazawa's shopping streets to throw lucky beans called fukumame. The procession will be followed by a large parade float that is three meters tall, two meters wide and adorned with a tengu mask.
At other Setsubun events held across Japan during this time of the year, it is customary to chant "Demons out! Good luck in!" Here, however, people say "Good luck in!" thrice, believing that if good luck floods in, it will drive out evil as a matter of course.
Bean-throwing aside, expect other tengu-related merchandise and events. Tengu are said to listen to people's wishes for safety and good luck, so check out this festival to receive the tengu's blessings.
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