Beans scattering is the most important event on this day. Beans are believed to beat evil spirits and attract good luck. We usually say "Fortune in ! Demons out !", throwing soybeans.
Here at Yasaka Shrine, they do not throw beans as they are. They throw plastic bags which contain roasted soybeans. So if you catch it, you can take it home and eat them.
I have to say this ceremony is a little bit dangerous. I was in the second row, so it was relatively easy to catch beans-bags. It was good, bad thing was next. There were hundreds of people behind me. They were very eager to catch bags. They pushed and pushed and pushed to come closer to the stage. What a pressure ! I was very lucky to catch some bags, capture some photos and get home safely.
February 3, 2010 @八坂神社
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