Beating out the dust ~ Susuharai Tradition
Susuharai ~Edo Period
Susu-harai (煤払い house cleaning) is a ritual cleaning ceremony. Priests and parishioners beat the dust out of the tatami in the large halls to prepare for the New Year.
The idea is the stains, physical and spiritual, of the past year are cleaned or rubbed and the home is purified to prepare for the coming year.
The Japanese New Year, AC, Cassandra Goduti, January 11, 2007