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Seasonal Fire Festival Drives Demons Away

| Festivals , Temples & Shrines

300 people gather in Fukuoka to take part in the 1,000-year-old Onisube ritual to ward away demons like illness and disaster.

Perhaps most interesting is the role Onisube plays in the community; with so much history, it becomes a family tradition to participate year after year.

Rites like this aren't the only tradition meant to ward off misfortune, of course. February's Setsubun is a ubiquitous event celebrated all around the country.