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Priests in setsubun procession within the temple grounds.
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Priests in setsubun procession within the temple grounds.
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Priests in setsubun procession coming through Niomon Gate
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Priest blowing a conch shell
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Priests in setsubun procession coming through Niomon Gate
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Festival beauties included.
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Temple priest
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Names of the bean throwers.
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Start of setsubun bean throwing (mamemaki) by minor celebrities. 豆まき
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Miss Nippon
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Miss Nippon throw beans, but not very far.
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Kimono beauties and beans do mix well.
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Women in kimono is a must on Setsubun day.
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Minor female idols also on hand to throw beans.
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節分会に吉井怜、三津谷葉子、福下恵美が豆まく
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Bikini idols Yoshii Rei, Mitsuya Yoko, and Fukushita Megumi throwing beans on Setsubun
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After the first bean-throwing session.
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Crowd waits for another bean-throwing session
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People crowd in front of the Horinkaku
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Bean throwers make speeches.
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Miss Nippon somethings
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Throw the beans farther!
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Fuku wa uchi!!
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Setsubun bean throwing at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo
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Setsubun bean throwing at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo
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Even Hello Kitty threw beans for Setsubun at Takahata Fudoson temple, Hino, Tokyo
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Yoshii Rei and Mitsuya Yoko
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Bikini idols Yoshii Rei, Mitsuya Yoko, and Fukushita Megumi throw beans a second time.
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Sadly, lot of people (especially those way in the back) didn't get any beans.
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Missed beans get crushed on the ground. These are dried soybeans.
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Setting afire
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柴燈大護摩供
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People line up to receive mikan
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Here you go.
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Bean-throwing started at 4:30 pm. 豆まき
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Bean throwing is called mame-maki. 豆まき
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Even this was unusual since they were also throwing mikan tangerines. 豆・みかん(?)まき
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People at the very front are not ignored.
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A tangerine hitting your head is probably painful.
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Tangerines are easily squished in your hands (juice squirting out) if you catch one.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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On Feb. 3, 2011, the annual setsubun festival was held at Hie Shrine at 11:30 am. People await the arrival of the people who will throw the beans.
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The setsubun procession arrives at the shrine.
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Hie Shrine priests.
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Sumo stablemasters Dewanoumi and Mihogaseki.
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Sumo wrestlers including Aran.
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Yuusuke, a singer.
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Proceeding to the shrine. First they had a ceremony.
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They enter the shrine for the ceremony.
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Mamemaki bean-throwing at Hie Jinja Shrine for setsubun.
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Hie Shrine's beans were tossed in little plastic bags with a paper label inside. Catching this one should bring me good luck this year.
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After the bean-throwing, a short show by singer Yuusuke was held.
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Yuusuke sings at Hie Shrine for setsubun. 遊助
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Hello Kitty also with Yuusuke. 遊助
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遊助
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遊助
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My video of Hie Shrine setsubun on Feb. 3, 2011.
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On Feb. 3, Ikegami Honmonji holds the annual Setsubun ceremony and bean throwing.
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Before the bean throwing, a few taiko drummer friends performed at 1 pm for 20 min. on the bean-throwing platform in front of the temple's Hondo main hall.
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Taiko drummer
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Setsubun ceremonies on Feb. 3 start at 1 pm. Bean throwing (mamemaki) at 3 pm.
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Pretty cold day, but it was sunny with little wind.
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Ogre (oni) appear in a procession.
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Priests procession heading for Ikegami Honmonji's main worship hall on Setsubun day, Feb. 3.
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They entered the temple and held a service at 2 pm.
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Beating a drum-like instrument.
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Incense burner
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Crowd starts to gather for the bean throwing.
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They will throw beans on both the left and right sides of the platform.
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The bean throwing was going to start at 3 pm. We stood in front of the platform at 2:15 pm. They sectioned off this area for kids (and elderly).
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Bringing out large baskets of beans.
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About 20 min. later, the place got full.
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Matsumoto Iyo's place.
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Press cameramen behind us on their own platform to record the event.
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At 3 pm, the bean throwers appeared and took their positions after attending a ceremony inside the temple.
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The bean throwers included minor celebrities, former pro wrestlers, and men and women born in the Year of the Monkey.
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That's the temple's official mascot (Kozo-kun).
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In front were two minor "idol" singers and a red oni. It was nice that they posted the names of the celebrities, but I didn't know any of them except one...
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Because of the temple's Rikidozan connection, there were a number of pro wrestlers as well. (No sumo wrestlers.)
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Setsubun at Ikegami Honmonji temple, Tokyo.
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Matsumoto Iyo to throw beans for setsubun at Ikegami Honmonji temple, Tokyo.
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Former yokozuna Akebono was also supposed to throw beans, but he had to be hospitalized for a swollen right leg. Too bad.
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Setsubun bean throwing at Ikegami Honmonji temple, Tokyo.They threw a lot of beans for about 10 min. Interesting that they did not say, "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" We caught a good haul of lucky beans.
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They threw a lot of beans. I think just about everyone was able to catch beans.
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My lucky beans. The beans are in little plastic bags with a paper bottom.
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The beans included a square piece of caramel candy. The paper says "Lucky beans," "Setsubun," the name of the temple, and an ad for a local business.
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Crowd goes home after setsubun.
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Torii gate at Kanda Myojin Shrine.
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Base of the torii.
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On Feb. 3, 2012 to mark the start of spring, Kanda Myojin Shrine near Ochanomizu/Akihabara, Tokyo held its annual Setsubun Festival from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. About 350 people including local politicians and an idol group threw beans.
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About Kanda Myojin in English. Kanda Myojin was originally built to protect Edo Castle from the ominous kimon direction.
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About Kanda Myojin in Japanese.
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Carvings on the gate.
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Path to the main worship hall.
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Oni ogre statue used in the Kanda Matsuri.
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Monument to mark Emperor Meiji's visit to the shrine.
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Stone lion mountain.
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About the Stone lion mountain.
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At 2 pm, a procession led by kiyari workman chanters and the bean throwers entered the shrine.
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Blue and red ogre representing the evil spirits to be chased away.
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Daikoku and Ebisu, two gods of good fortune.
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Bean throwers born in the year of the dragon. About 350 of them. They pay money to do it.
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The bean throwers head for the worship hall for a short Shinto ceremony.
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This is a singing idol group called Houkago Princess who threw beans and sang at the end. They are still obscure.
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Nice that they included all of us in the ceremony too. A priest waved his wand outside to bless us.
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The archers symbolically aim their arrows at the two ominous directions (kimon and ura-kimon).
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The archer symbolically aims his arrow at the ominous directions (kimon and ura-kimon).
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Bells of Good Fortune swung by the Daikoku and Ebisu gods.
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Besides small bags of soybeans, they threw small packets of sweets and mikan (tangerines).
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They didn't throw very far.
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Live festival music played during the bean throwing.
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Clean up after a crowd.
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They broke up the crowd into groups and the crowd took turns getting the beans. This is the next crowd waiting to enter.
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Very difficult to catch the mikan (you need a baseball glove). Most of it fell to the ground and got trampled. It's a waste and dangerous to throw such heavy things.
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I bagged this bag of beans. It actually hit me when I wasn't looking.
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My video of Kanda Myojin Setsubun.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine also holds setsubun ceremony on Feb. 3, but at night. First the ogre appeared as they growled toward the shrine.
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Bean throwing didn't last long.
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Quite difficult to catch beans.
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Bagged this bag of beans.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Skytree at night.
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Narita-san Shinshoji temple holds its Setsubun Bean-throwing Festival on Feb. 3. It was jam-packed on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.
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Most people came to see the celebrities throwing the beans for mamemaki. They included sumo wrestlers Yokozuna Hakuho, Ozeki Kisenosato, Baruto, and Okinoumi. Also Haruka Ayase, Ayame Goriki, Kotaro Koizumi and other stars of the current NHK Taiga Drama.
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The path to Shinshoji has sculptures of the oriental zodiac. 2013 is the year of the snake.
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People streaming to Shinshoji for the Setsubun bean throwing festival.
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From the train station, the main path to Narita-san is lined with shops and restaurants. The buildings look more traditional as you get closer to the temple.
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Gate to Shinshoji ahead.
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Shinshoji's Somon Gate. Naritasan Shinshoji temple belongs to the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. 総門
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After passing through Somon Gate, a flight of steps ahead.
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The steps lead to Niomon Gate.
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Passing through Niomon Gate.
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Niomon Gate.
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Normally, you can enter the temple up the steps straight from Niomon Gate, but it was blocked off and we had to use the steps on the right.
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Jam-packed since Feb. 3 fell on a Sunday this year in 2013.
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Finally in the central grounds of the temple. It was packed like a rush-hour Tokyo train.
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I arrived just before 11 am which was too late to get close to the bean throwers.
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The mamemaki bean-throwing ceremony was held three times. The first time was at 11 am. I was way too far away from the bean throwers.
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There's a ceremony first inside the temple.
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After the ceremony, the bean throwers came outside.
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Most of use didn't get any beans. It was the first time I didn't get any beans from a Setsubun festival.
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These are non-celebrities. They threw the beans for about a minute. Very short.
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After throwing the beans, they clapped their hands.
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After throwing beans the first session, the bean throwers started leaving. First the sumo wrrstlers, then the actresses/actors. Haruka Ayase is behind the wrestlers here.
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So much for the first bean-throwing ceremony. I was just too far away because I arrived late.
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Shinshoji's main hall is decorated with Buddhist colors and red and white.
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Since I came all the way out here, I decided to stay and see the second bean-throwing ceremony at 1:30 pm.
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Meanwhile, I joined many others to worship inside the temple's main hall.
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People streaming into the temple's main hall.
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People streaming into Narita-san Shinshoji temple's main hall.
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Inside the main hall, people pray and throw money. It must like this during New Year's too. Setsubun is actually like New Year's Eve.
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Already, hordes of people stand and wait for the second bean-throwing session 2 hours later.
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This is how close you have to be to the platform to get any beans.
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This side was more crowded because that's where the celebrities would throw beans. Press cameramen were also on this side.
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Names of the celebrity bean throwers.
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I stood and waited for about 90 min. until 1:30 pm. Glad I brought lunch (riceballs).
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In-between the bean-throwing sessions, they held a different ceremony, called "Kaiun mamemaki" (開運豆まき), inside the main hall. They paraded into the temple at around 12:30 pm.
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The people (no celebrities) participating in Kaiun mamemaki had a group photo taken. Anybody could join this by paying 10,000 yen.
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The ceremony inside the temple had sutra chanting while there was a fire started by a priest and used to heat the bean boxes given to the bean throwers. They threw beans at the altar, not to any people.
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We all patiently waited. But things happened so it made the time go by faster. Fortunately, the weather was good.
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Finally, the celebrity bean throwers arrived again and first posed for a group photo before going inside the temple for the ceremony.
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The sumo wrestlers always stand at the top.
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Baruto and Yokozuna Hakuho at Naritasan Shinshoji for Setsubun bean throwing on Feb. 3, 2013.
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Ozeki Kisenosato and Okinoumi at Naritasan.
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Actress Haruka Ayase is in the center of this shot.
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There she is at the center, actress Haruka Ayase who plays the title role of 2013's NHK Taiga Drama, "Yae no Sakura."
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Celebrity bean throwers wave as they enter the temple for the Setsubun ceremony.
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The ceremony was broadcast outside so we could hear it. There was some chanting and announcement of the names of the bean throwers.
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They also start a fire inside the temple to which they expose the bean boxes to be used by the bean throwers.
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They had this altar decoration with small branches from a tree in Tohoku. The bean throwing would also be about "throwing out hardship" in Tohoku. 特別追儺豆まき式
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After the ceremony which took about 20 min., they came out of the temple and took their places for bean throwing. This is Baruto.
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Actress Haruka Ayase comes out of the temple.
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Baruto and Haruka Ayase proceed to their places.
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At left is Ayame Goriki, another actress, comes out of the temple.
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Baruto at Naritasan Shinshoji for Setsubun on Feb. 3, 2013.
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Baruto and Yokozuna Hakuho.
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The crowd try desperately to get a shot of Haruka Ayase. I was shooting blind as I raised my camera in the air to shoot. Narita-san Shinshoji temple Setsubun bean throwing.
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Haruka Ayase posed for us for a while.
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