A halloween like festival in the beginning of February. Lamps are lit with good wishes for families for a year on paper shades. Soy beans are thrown at demons. You must eat as many soy beans as your age, and you must throw the rest at the demons around your house. You also must eat a long piece of uncut sushi without talking to anyone, while facing a certain direction.

I had a key made at the one dingy hardware store on this strip in Nara. The missing building is where it was.



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