Full of Beans!

In Japan today, sumo is Full of Beans!
full-of-beans sumo devils soto uchi
Daylife.com reports that the foreign, sumo wrestler “Baruto” from Estonia was throwing packs of beans during a bean-scattering, “Setsubun,” ceremony at Shinshoji Temple in Narita, Japan today February 3. Setsubun is one day before the start of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. The Setsubun ritual drives away all the evil of the former year by throwing beans (generally soya beans) and yelling the phrase, “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!” evils- out(“Demons out! Luck in!”).

More info at: Wikipedia.org/wiki/Setsubun
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  1. Setsubun: Out with devils, in with happiness!
    peterpayne.net/2010/02
    Today is Setsubun, a fun day for anyone with kids in Japan. A remnant of a festival that took place on New Year’s Eve during the old Lunar Calendar, it’s a day when oni (devils) will be symbolically chased out of the house so that happiness can reign during the New Year. The father of the house will assume the role of a devil, wearing a paper mask that makes him look scary. When the devil attacks, the children pelt him with baked soybeans and chase him off, shouting Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi! (“Out with devils, in with happiness!”). When the devil is properly vanquished, everyone is supposed to eat their age in soybeans to help guarantee good health in the coming year, which is easy for a child of eight or so but more difficult for parents who are getting up there in years. Setsubun is also a day to visit your local Shinto shrine, where people gather to be pelted by soybeans thrown out into the crowd by sumo wrestlers and kabuki actors who have been invited to take part in the festivities.
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