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Setsubun Mamemaki Train | CHICHIBU RAILWAY

February 3, 2019 @ 11:00 13:30

Last year the first Mamemaki train was such a success that Chichibu Railway are hosting the event again this year. Mamemaki is bean throwing, a pivotal element of the Setsubun festivities. You throw beans at “oni” Japanese ogres, or demons as they are intermittently called, to scare them away!

There will be oni at some of the Chichibu line train stations en route. Which stations remains a closely guarded secret. Children (and parents) can throw beans at the oni on the station’s platform. Accordingly the train will stop in the stations for about nine minutes. If you are going to the end of the line, Chichibu station, mascot oni characters will be waiting to guide passengers to Chichibu Shrine where there are even more festivities.

The train itself is one of Chichibu railway special design trains. You can register at Chichibu Railway Kumagaya station where you will receive the beans and a commemoration present. The train leaves from Kumagaya station at 11.14 am. It will make five stops before reaching the terminal Chichibu station at 1.11 pm. The stops are Takekawa, Yorii, Nogami, Nagatoro and Minano.

Free The event itself is free, but you need to have a valid train ticket to participate

You can find even more setsubun and mamemaki events on the main event pages.

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