Ogres Beware: Shrine Prepares for Setsubun Bean Throwing (Japan in Photos)

Visitors to Mitsumine Shrine in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, don happi coats and stir soybeans with bamboo brooms as they roast in a metal cauldron. The shrine will make around 400 kilograms of beans, known as fukumame, over two days in preparation for mamemaki, or bean throwing, held on setsubun on February 3. Scattering roasted soybeans is thought to drive out malevolent spirits and ensure health and prosperity in the year to come. Photograph taken on January 21, 2018. (© Jiji)

Saitama festival setsubun Chichibu