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    According to Japanese tradition, February 4th is know as "Setsubun" or the last day of Winter.

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    According to Japanese tradition, February 4th is know as "Setsubun" or the last day of Winter.

    On this day, many Japanese follow a centuries-old custom and perform the ceremony of "Mame-maki", bean-throwing to ward off evil spirits.

    The ceremony was originally a court function dating back to the 14th century.

    But the tradition has ben preserved in modern-day Japan and made popular by public bean-throwing ceremonies held at various religious shrines and temples throughout Japan.

    This film was shot at Zojoji temple in Tokyo where a large crowd gathered to watch the ceremony performed by Buddhist priests, actors, sports celebrities and members of the general public.

    They were all invited to throw beans this year because their zodiac sign under the lunar calendar coincides with this year's sign, the dragon.

    The highlight of the ceremony at Zojoji temple was a comedy in which a priest, portraying a benevolent god, pelts baans at two devils dressed in red and green and symbolising evil an pestilence.

    The comedy act was followed by the public bean-throwing ceremony staged by invited celebrities.

    Dressed in traditional "Kamishimo kimonos", they threw beans and toys to the waiting crowd from the temple steps.

    Traditional has it that hose who eat as many beans as their age, plus once extra for the new year, will be assured of good luck and health.

    For the children, however, happiness was taking home a toy from the ceremony.

    SYNOPSIS: This is the ceremony of "mame-maki", a ceremony celebrated according to Japanese tradition on "Setsubun", February 4th, the last day of Winter. On this day, many Japanese follow a centuries-old custom and throw beans to ward off evil spirits. The ceremony was originally a court function dating back to the 14th century but the tradition has been preserved in modern-day Japan and made popular by public bean-throwing ceremonies held at various religious shrines and temples throughout Japan. This particular ceremony was held at the Zojoji temple in Tokyo where Buddhist priests, actors, sports celebrities and members of the general public all took part.

    The highlight of the ceremony at Zojoji temple was a comedy in which a priest, portraying a benevolent god, pelts beans at two devils dressed in red and green and symbolising evil and pestilence. The comedy act was followed by the public bean-throwing ceremony staged by the celebrities who were invited because their zodiac sign under the lunar calendar coincided with this year's sign, the dragon. Tradition has it that those who eat as many beans as their age, plus one extra for the new year, will be assured of good luck and health.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1XAIRM016U0WYC3JIL9MURBEO
    Media URN:
    VLVA1XAIRM016U0WYC3JIL9MURBEO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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