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Hundreds throw beans at each other in Tokyo Japan

By Mason White 1:42 PM February 4, 2013
Japan’s bean throwing festival 

(Scroll down for video) Hundreds of people took part in an adult bean fight in Tokyo, Japan, according to video uploaded to the internet.

Japan hosted its own event on the day of Setsubun, a bean launching party held annually. While the festival is celebrated in different ways depending on the region, Japan, chose to hold this year’s event in the Tokyo Tower, where about 800 people wearing glasses and carrying 2 kilograms of soybeans were present. During the two-hour event, participants cast roasted soybeans, a ritual called Mamemaki aimed at Oni, a kind of Japanese ogre, symbolizing bad luck.

The company executive, Takao Ozawa, who initiated the event, which was inspired by Tomatina Festival in Spain, said: “I wanted to do something similar here in Japan. So I searched and found this idea of the bean festival launch. I want to develop this into a major cultural event.” Ozawa spoke to news reporters as he was being hit by the beans. The Tomatina Festival in Valencia, Spain, involves throwing tomatoes at each other, in a big tomato fight held annually.

Participants in Japan’s Mamemaki event had their own reasons to join the festivities. Some wanted to vent their frustrations and release stress by throwing soybeans. Others simply joined for the fun. Mima Miyamori, one of the many participants, said that “the beans really hurts when they hit, but with everyone having a lot of fun, nobody really cares about that.” In any case, no one was seriously injured during the event and Ozawa was excited.

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