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Setsubun (Bean-Throwing Ceremony) is the day before the beginning of Spring in Japan. It was a day of the eve of the beginning of spring in front of the first day of spring on that day. It is a day which changes from winter in spring according to the calendar. It is considered by the seasonal change for a demon to arise. In order to drive it off, the event in which bind a soybean and it exterminates a demon is held. The popular song by a drum performance or a singer was sung as an opening performance on that day. Then, the famous men, the chief priest of a temple and entertainers of this area went up to the tiered stand, and were throwing about beans towards the spectator. These customs are performed until it results from the Muromachi period now. The ceremony begins 3pm and finished to 4:30pm. I took this photograph at Gokoku-ji in Tokyo's Bunkyō.

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