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In Japan, February 3rd is “Setsubun” day, which signifies the ending of winter and beginning of spring, and is believed that evil sprits come when the season changes. It has become customary in Japan to throw beans in and out of houses to get rid of those evil spirits.
During the event, hotel staff will introduce the “setsubun” cultures at homes in Japan. Afterwards, guests will be escorted to Zojoji Temple to observe the “Setsubun Mame-maki” festival. Guests staying at the Shiba Park Hotel are welcome to join the event without any fee.
Shiba Park Hotel General Manager Mitsuo Watanabe said:
“From long ago, spring has been the beginning of the year in Japan. Throwing beans on ‘setsubun’ day is to drive evil away, and also to call for good luck. Please join our event and pray for happiness of the year 2020.”
Japanese Culture Salon SAKURA Manager Yuka Inoue said:
“We would like to introduce the meaning behind the activity ‘bean-throwing’ at ‘setsubun’. I hope guests will deepen their understanding of ‘setsubun’ culture while enjoying our event.”
Shiba Park Hotel hopes that guests will enjoy experiencing Japanese ‘setsubun’ culture, and their experience will last as an unforgettable memory of their visit to Tokyo.
About Shiba Park Hotel (Tokyo, Japan)
Shiba Park Hotel is a city hotel established in 1948 as a hotel for foreign trade delegations. Since then, the hotel has welcomed many guests from overseas. There are 269 guest rooms of various types, Japanese restaurant Shiba Sangenan, Chinese restaurant Peking, steak restaurant Old City Grill House, bar Fifteen’s and Japanese Culture Salon SAKURA. Conveniently located in central Tokyo, the hotel is easily accessible to and from both Haneda and Narita airports by the Airport Limousine Bus. There are four train and subway stations within a walking distance, offering great access to Tokyo’s major sightseeing spots and business districts. Shiba Park Hotel continues to welcome guests from around the world with the hope for guests to “feel relaxed as they are at home, even in the midst of a trip.”