• Short Summary

    Spring arrived in Japan this week and many of its more traditional-minded citizens marked the occasion by taking part in bean-throwing ceremonies.

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    1.
    Crowd at Narita Shrine


    2.
    Worshippers dressed in samurai dress


    3.
    Head priest arrives


    4.
    Sumo wrestlers throw beans to crow


    5.
    Crowd reaches for beans


    6.
    Asakusa Temple, Tokyo


    7.
    Girls in kimonos


    8.
    Girls in maxis


    9.
    Devotees burning incense


    10.
    Actresses throwing beans to crow




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Spring arrived in Japan this week and many of its more traditional-minded citizens marked the occasion by taking part in bean-throwing ceremonies. As they see it, this will drive the devils from their homes.

    At the Narita Shrine, 70 kilometres east of Tokyo, hundreds of people gathered around the temple to watch Sumo wrestlers and others dressed as Samurai warriors scourge the devils with a volley of beans.

    Most of the people who took part were from the older generation. The younger people, now more under Western influences, do not care so much for the traditions of the past.

    There was also a big turn-out at the Asakusa Temple in Tokyo with kimonos contrasting vividly with the maxis. As women burned incense, some of Japan's leading film stars showered the crowd with the beans. Catching a bean is supposed to bring prosperity and good luck.

    The ceremony, which has its origins in China, has been going on for nearly 1,300 years.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4GOX7NB1F353Y595VIHGWNCIF
    Media URN:
    VLVA4GOX7NB1F353Y595VIHGWNCIF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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