INTRODUCTION: The third of February is a special day in the Japanese calendar.
LV and CU Priest leads procession around Zojoji Temple (2 shots)
SV and CU musicians and drummers (3 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO GV Priests throwing beans to people (2 shots)
CU AND Children in traditional costume throwing beans to people (2 shots)
LV Crowd catching beans (2 shots)
SV AND CU PAN Two men wearing devil masks and carrying clubs (2 shots)
CU AND SV Priest drives off 'devils' by throwing beans at them. (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The third of February is a special day in the Japanese calendar. It is the dividing point between winter and spring. And it is a day when according to legend, devils begin their evil campaign for the year. So the Japanese drive them out - by throwing beans.
SYNOPSIS: At the Zojoji Temple in Tokyo, a large crowd gathered to take part in the bean-throwing ceremony. It's being repeated in public places and in people's home small over Japan -- a time for celebration as much as anything.
As well as the spectacle of the procession, there's music to put the crowd in good spirits. The spring festival, called the Setsubun, was originally imported from China, but has now become apart of Japanese life.
The priest is throwing packets of roasted soy beans, said to have the power to scare away evil.
Children are considered most effective in driving away the evil spirits. Eating the beans is also considered to keep Devils at bay. Everyone tries to catch them. The recommended dose is as many beans as your age, plus one. This will drive out evil for a whole year. The devils challenge the priest, symbolising Good, but are driven off by the magic beans as the crowd chant "Out with the Devil in with good fortune." These ceremonies are designed to ensure a fortunate year for all concerned -- except the devils.