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February 03, 2011

Bean-scattering ceremony at Koganji Temple (Togenuki-Jizo)

Celebrities and "Toshi-otoko" and "Toshi-onna" (persons who were born in the corresponding animal year of the Chinese zodiac) threw beans, chanting "Fuku wa uchi (Luck in)!" At Togenuki-Jizo, they don't say "Oni wa soto (Devils out)!" In some shrines and temples, things other than beans (oranges, cheap sweets, towels and so on) are scattered, too. But at Togenuki-Jizo, the things which are scattered are only beans. and they are not packed at all. Most visitors were prepared for a bag for catching beans.

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After the ceremony, the red demon and the blue demon were surrounded by many people.  From what I heared, staffs of the local credit union played the roles of these demons.
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