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Taishakuten temple holds its annual setsubun bean throwing event on Feb. 3 in the afternoon. In 2015, they threw beans at 2 pm and 3 pm. About 10 min. each time.
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Gate to Taishakuten temple.
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Greeting us is a green ogre.
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Another oni (ogre).
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Red orgre (oni) at Taishakuten temple in Shibamata for setsubun on Feb. 3.
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Setsubun bean throwing at 2 pm and 3 pm within the temple grounds.
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A wooden platform was constructed for the bean throwers. Great weather in 2015.
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Ogre hanging out at the worship hall. This building has exquisite wood carvings on the exterior walls.
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At 2 pm, the bean throwers started throwing the beans.
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For the bean throwing, they did not allow anything other than your hands to catch the beans. No bags, boxes, umbrellas, etc.
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Very civil, no pushing/shoving.
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Setsubun bean throwing at Taishakuten temple on Feb. 3.
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Bagged this bag of beans at Taishakuten.
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After the first bean throwing session, people wait for the second one to start at 3 pm.
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Oni ogres like to pose for photos.
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No celebrities except for a few sumo wrestlers.
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Monkeys are Taishakuten's messengers. They chased out the ogre before they start throwing the beans.
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The ogre, representing disease and misfortune, are about to be chased out.
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They threw the beans and I put down my camera to catch another bag of beans.
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While carrying home my lucky beans, I was convinced that 2015 would be a great year.
     
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