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Feb. 3 is Setsubun when many temples and shrines hold a mamemaki bean-throwing ceremony. The Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin is one temple worshipped by major sports and entertainment figures.
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Sanmon Gate. The Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin temple is one temple in Tokyo where you can see celebrities throw beans on Feb. 3.
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Honden main hall of Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin, a Zen Buddhist (Soto) branch temple of Toyokawa Inari temple in Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture. Near Akasaka Mitsuke and Nagatacho subway stations.
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The fox is the messenger of Inari.
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The bean throwers on the terrace of the Toyokawa Inari Kaikan hall. It started at about 2 pm.
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In the middle is Ohbayashi Motoko, former Olympic volleyball player. She was a bean thrower in 2007 here too.
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Temple priest says a few words.
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Ohbayashi Motoko, former Olympic volleyball player serving as a setsubun bean thrower at Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin temple on Feb. 3, 2010.
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All the celebrity bean throwers introduced themselves. Arimura Miki. 有村実樹
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Kataoka Shinwa, actor. 片岡信和
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Lots of music since the temple also worships Benzaiten who is also a goddess of music.
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Tetsu and Tomo
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Hokuyo comedians 北陽
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The bean throwing begins. The space is not as big as Zojoji temple (also in Minato-ku). They threw individual beans instead of bags of beans. It makes it harder to catch and makes a mess on the ground.
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Kataoka Shinwa, actor, throwing beans for setsubun at Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin. 片岡信和
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They were hardly able to throw the beans too far, so you had to be up front to catch the beans. Those of us in the back could hardly catch any beans.
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Ohbayashi Motoko, former Olympic volleyball player serving as a setsubun bean thrower at Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin temple on Feb. 3, 2010.
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Ohbayashi Motoko
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As people ran out of beans, they left the terrace. The bean throwing was over in 10 min. or so.
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After the bean throwing, lots of people lined up to obtain good-fortune beans or fukumame. 福豆
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