On the save date there is a spectacular ritual of exorcism (tsuina; see SETSUBUN) known as Onisube.
Usokae(Bullfinch Exchange)(Janualy 07)
A service called Usokae, to which people bring a bird-shaped amulet (uso) and walk in a circle around a tree, exchanging their uso with those of others in the hope of acquiring a special uso of good luck carried secretly by shrine officials, is performed on 7 January.
Many people try to get hold of " good luck " bullfinches made of gilt wood.
They are passed from hand to hand in the dim light of a small bonfire.