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Updated: December 25, 2017
The Ukera-no-Shinji Shinto ritual takes place on Setsubun, the day before the traditional beginning of spring. The ritual involves tsuina, or the exorcism of evil spirits. At the ritual, there will be various ceremonial activities, such as hikimeshiki (the firing of arrows to drive off evil spirits) and mamemaki (bean-throwing meant to drive off evil spirits and bring good luck).
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