BLOGLiterary Calendar2021.01.27

What is "Keso-Fumi-Uri (2 men who sell letters)"?

This year's Setsubun is not February 3, but February 2.

The move comes as the first day of spring falls on February 3, so this is the first time for Setsubun in February 2 since 1897 in 124 years.

Because it is a corona disaster, many shrines and temples will be stop entertaining such as a ceremony to drive out evil spirits, throwing beans and distribute Amazake.

I would like to chase off coronavirus with ogres by throwing beans quietly at home.

Speaking of main event of Setsubun Festival is driving off ogres, but there is a shrine that mysterious "Men" appears.

Suga-jinja Shrine in Kyoto's Shogoin is known for its Setsubun event "Keso-Fumi-Uri (2 men who sell letters)".

Now, the elegant "Keso-fumi-Uri" can only be seen at Suga-jinja Shrine's Setsubun Festival!

There is a blessing of matchmaking, and a Ema (votive picture tablets) and Goshuin (stamps) given at the shrine office are also portrayed of "Kesofumi-Uri".

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According to the information provided by Suga-jinja Shrine, Keso-Fumi means "a Fuda (tag) used to satisfy people's desires such as marriage or business success".

Keso-Fumi-Uri (seller) is dressed in an Eboshi (hat) and Suikan (kimono) and has a plum branch with hanging Keso-Fumi.

Exposing only their eyes and covering the entire face with a white clothes is a measure to avoid being detected.

In fact, the true identity of a love seller was a noble.

It is said that Keso-Fumi was a secret source of income for court nobles who were well-educated but badly off.

The appearance that the nose and mouth are completely hidden may unexpectedly become a measure against infectious diseases.

If you hide a Keso-Fumi in your closet, it is said that you will be beautiful.

In addition, it is said that you will get a quick marriage proposal and have a lot of clothes.


Suga-jinja Shrine
1 Shogoin Entomi-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
5 minutes walk from Kumano-jinja Mae, City bus stop

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