Feb 3, 2013
Luck in! Celebrities join Setsubun bean-throwing event
3rd February, 2013 | at Narita-san Shinshoji Temple, Narita, ChibaNARITA, Chiba -- TV celebrities participated in an annual bean-throwing festival at the famous Naritasan Shinshoji temple on Feb. 3 to celebrate "Setsubun," the day before the beginning of spring in Japan.
During Setsubun in Japan, people throw beans shouting "Demons out! Luck in!" to celebrate the eve of the first day of spring. The Naritasan Shinshoji temple annually holds a bean-throwing event for the public with celebrities and sumo wrestlers taking part.
Haruka Ayase and Hidetoshi Nishijima, who star in "Yae no Sakura," the most recent in a series of historically themed "taiga" dramas on public broadcaster NHK, threw beans from a stage especially prepared for the event.
Futoshi Toba, the mayor of the city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, was also invited for the second time in a row as a representative from the Tohoku area, which was devastated in the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
In Shinshoji temple's bean-throwing event, the participants do not say "Demons out!" and only shout "Luck in!" because the temple's deity is said to be "merciful enough to reform even demons."
The crowd cheered as the celebrities threw handfuls of beans from the stage in front of the main temple building, shouting, "Overcome the disaster! Luck in!" (February 04, 2013(Mainichi Japan))
# For the details, please access to the followings;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.edo265.net/japan/
[Official Homepage of the Event] http://www.city.narita.chiba.jp/kanko/saijiki/cal-setsubun.html