February 3 in Japan is “setsubun,” a traditional holiday at which beans are tossed in a ritual to exorcise evil spirits from the home and pray for the family’s health and safety. Shouting “Oni wasoto!” (out, devils!) the beans are thrown from the interior of the house to outside. Shouting “Fuku wa uchi!” (good fortune in!), the beans are thrown into the house. This photo is at the Sensoji temple in Tokyo’s Asakusa district, where men who were born in the calendar year corresponding to the 12-animal Asian zodiac throw beans at revelers below.

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