Taga Taisha Shrine celebrates Setsubun on Feb. 3. For their Setsubun festival in 2009, they had three impressive demons (called oni) dance on stage and act as the evil oni to be chased away with soybeans.

Feb. 3 is the Setsubun Festival at many temples and shrines in Japan. It marks the beginning of spring according to the lunar calendar. So they throw beans at ogre to eliminate the evil of the previous year and bring in good fortune. Taga Taisha had impressive ogre (called oni in Japanese) dancers from Shimane Prefecture to act as the demons to chase away during the festival.

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