Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration

. At Asakusa, Tokyo .

We were lucky enough to catch Setsubun earlier this year in Tokyo.  The Japanese celebrate the beginning of spring with Setsubun which involves a bean-throwing ceremony to drive away evil and ill health.  Usually, the head of the household will stand at the doorway of the house, wearing an oni (demon) mask while the rest of the household members throw soy beans at the oni, and shout “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!” .  It basically means “Out with the demons! In with the luck!”.  As far as celebrations go, this was one of the most fun we’ve had especially when it started raining beans!


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