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Posted by
Hiro (Kyoto, Japan) on 17 February 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

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
You can see more at flikr.

Canon EOS 40D 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 400 18 mm

Please leave your comments.

Stu from Scotland | Residing in Kyoto, Japan

Great capture! I wish I could've made it to Yasaka to see it.

17 Feb 2010 5:05am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Nice shot

17 Feb 2010 5:57am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Now, you are protecting against evil spirits and ready to attract good luck!

17 Feb 2010 7:55am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Tes images sont toujours d'une élégance! Les gestes gracieux!! C'est très agréable de te visiter! J'aime la forme de ces lampes!!!

17 Feb 2010 10:04am

k@ from Paris, France

I like the hands in the lower left corner open to receive it !

17 Feb 2010 10:04am

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Beautiful cerimony.

17 Feb 2010 11:44am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

I did assist of throwing omochi but not beans. Nice serie of pictures.

17 Feb 2010 11:57am

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

Attractive photo of this party!! I like very much the lanterns as well as costumes ! Thank you for all your explanations, I did not know these customs.

17 Feb 2010 1:17pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful . Great colors !

17 Feb 2010 2:23pm

Anne from Singapore, Singapore

I've always love the beautiful and colourful kimonos!! Thanks for sharing these awesome series, Hiro. Cheers!

17 Feb 2010 3:01pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Terrific capture.

17 Feb 2010 6:21pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Thank you for this pictoresque image and the explanation ! Were the beans good ?

17 Feb 2010 6:26pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Hiro
yes, I think, at such a party, everybody can be happy if he comes home safely. The ladies you see the joy over the successful celebration of the face. It is a beautiful reproduction of the scene. The series was very interesting. Wonderful evening for you and thank you that we are at your feast, metaphorically, were allowed to participate.
Dear greetings Christel

17 Feb 2010 7:13pm

cristina from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

Me recuerda el Templo de Yasaka-jinja en Kioto. ¿De donde es en realidad?
Salut

17 Feb 2010 8:38pm

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

Nice! Oni wa soto!

17 Feb 2010 11:10pm

@Damon Schreiber: Haha ! Thank you. Fuku wa uchi !

Lori Heizer from Rochester, United States

The geishas look so happy to be interacting with the crowd. I love the rows of paper lanterns, they frame the picture nicely. Glad you made it home safe and sound :)

17 Feb 2010 11:20pm

@Lori Heizer: If you like lanterns, please see also here. Thank you.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

nicely captured...i too think there is gracefulness in this shot

22 Feb 2010 6:42pm