Setsubun Matsuri (Festival)

Dates & Times:
January 31, 6-11PM

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Celebrate the changing of seasons with Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden’s Setsubun Matsuri (Festival)!

Setsubun is officially held on the day before the beginning of spring in Japan on February 3, as a celebration of the changing of seasons. There are many special rituals that Japanese people participate in, most popular is the throwing of roasted soybeans (called “fortune beans” or fuku mame) at someone dressed up as an Oni (demon or ogre) while yelling “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!”, meaning “Demons out! Good luck in!” This practice wards off evil spirits and brings in good luck for the new season. Then, as part of bringing luck in, it is customary to eat roasted soybeans, one for each year of one’s life and sometimes one more to bring in good luck for the year to come. Another tradition is eating eho-maki, a footlong uncut sushi roll, all at once while making a wish and facing the year’s lucky compass direction.

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden will be hosting our own Setsubun celebration on January 31, which is the final day of our Winter Light Festival!

We encourage guests to get into the spirit of Setsubun by dressing up as an Oni – prizes will be awarded to the best dressed Oni and we will throw roasted soybeans at all Oni at 8PM!

Purchase your eho-maki sushi roll for $15 (includes garden admission & foot long sushi roll from Lighthouse). Purchase your Setsubun Sushi Roll Package at the garden, only 100 rolls available for purchase.

Our programming tent will be transformed into an 18+ cash bar to purchase Japanese beer and sake, or purchase a Dancing Polar Bear or add Baileys to your hot chocolate at the concession stand! Drinks are $5, or upgrade a Tomodachi or Kazoku package for $3/person to receive an alcoholic beverage instead of a regular drink.

Purchase a bag of roasted soybeans for $2 at the garden.

Not ready to end the party? California Dream Limousine will be providing a FREE shuttle service to Club Lime every half hour from 9-11PM!