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What You Missed: Setsubun

Earlier this week, StreetPass Long Island members who are Animal Crossing: New Leaf fans got to experience an exclusive holiday: Setsubun!  Thanks to SPLI Co-Founder Debbie’s Japanese 3DS, members were invited to participate in the event via WIFI on Monday, 2/3/14.

The event was streamed live on StreetPass Long Island’s Twitch TV channel, and the entire 3 hour broadcast can be replayed by clicking here: http://www.twitch.tv/streetpasslongisland/b/500593097

For those who don’t have the time to watch the whole event, here are some video highlights!  Thanks to everyone who came and participated.  The next Japanese exclusive holiday is the Dolls Festival on 3/3/14, so stay tuned for that!

WIFI Event: Setsubun 2/3/14

Animal Crossing: New Leaf players will want to clear their schedules for Monday night! On 2/3/14 from 9pm – 11pm, SPLI Co-Founder Gluxbox will be hosting the Setsubun Festival in her Japanese ACNL town of Wasabi.  All participants will receive a free Ogre Mask!

DATE: Monday 2/3/14

TIME: 9pm – 11pm

WHERE: Wasabi Village, ACNL.  For details on how to participate, please visit the Event Page below.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1461491234064525/

NOTE: To make the event run more smoothly, we are going to do a Live Stream of the event on the StreetPass Long Island Twitch TV Channel. This means that only two visitors will be able to enter at a time, since the streaming 3DS will be in Wasabi Village continuously throughout the event. Please use the chat room on the Twitch TV feed to coordinate on when to enter Wasabi Village. Please be patient, as there will be many people trying to enter at the same time and we don’t want to have disconnection and game crashing issues. Please also be considerate of others and keep your visit brief so that others can have their turn.  Thank you!

About Setsubun

From Wikipedia: Setsubun (節分?, Bean-Throwing Festival or Bean-Throwing Ceremony) is the day before the beginning of Spring in Japan.[1][2] The name literally means “seasonal division”, but usually the term refers to the Spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun (立春) celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival (春祭haru matsuri?). In its association with the Lunar New Year, Spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year’s Eve, and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special ritual is called mamemaki (豆撒き?) (literally “bean throwing”). Setsubun has its origins in tsuina (追儺?), a Chinese custom introduced to Japan in the eighth century.[2] 

In Animal Crossing New Leaf, visitors must go to the Town Plaza to receive their free Red or Blue Ogre Mask from Isabelle. If you put the mask on your character and talk to the town residents, they might just give you a surprising reaction!

What You Missed: Wasabi’s Obon Festival

This event recap originally appeared on The Glux Blog.

On August 15th, Mayor Neko was very excited. It was time for the Obon Festival!

A special WIFI Meet Up Event was organized by StreetPass Long Island to invite American players to visit the Japanese town of Wasabi, so that they could partake in the unique festivities of this Japan-exclusive holiday!

Mayor Gluxie of Jubilife City came by to find out the details of this event [in English].

Isabelle was more than happy to explain what the Obon Festival was all about!

Isabelle was handing out free gifts. There were two options that were handed out, either the Eggplant Cow or the Cucumber Horse.

She must have seen me giving her a weird look, so she explained that it’s more of a “kids thing” to play with an Eggplant Cow…

Mayor Neko opened the gates of Wasabi to visitors. At first we had a bit of a connection issue, due to so many people trying to enter the town at once!

Isabelle and Mayor Neko kept their spirits up despite the disconnection frustrations by dancing together at the Town Plaza!

Here’s a shot of the Face-Cutout Standee that was provided by Isabelle for the Obon Festival. You can see an Eggplant Cow and Cucumber Horse!

Ultimately visitors were only able to enter one at a time, to ensure we wouldn’t get more disconnects. Sorry for the confusion!

Wasabi was even visited by royalty! Even a King needs an Eggplant Cow!

Guests enjoyed posing in the Face-Cutout Standee. It was so cute!

For future Japanese events, it seems likely that the “one at a time” rule will have to be used, only to keep things a little more regulated. Everyone is just too excited and tries to enter the town at the same time, causing the internet to derp and disconnections happen continuously. We will be sure to post this as a warning for all future Japanese events. (And there are plenty of them, so if you missed this event, be sure to “like” StreetPass Long Island so you can stay informed of all ACNL JP Events!)