Setsubun Mamemaki: Throwing of the Beans
NOTE: Images with an icon next to them have been artificially shrunk to better fit your screen; click the icon to restore them, in place, to their regular size.

Coming up next week is the festival of setsubun, which I wrote about after last year's events: Setsubun and Mamemaki: Driving out the Demons. Among the variety of events are the demon-driving-out highlighted in that post, and a ceremonial bonfire (so to speak) that I wrote about in Intense Burn.

February 3rd falls on a weekday this year, so I won't be able to attend the photogenic events at the Heian Shrine, but I thought I'd share photos from one more event from last year, the “throwing of the beans”.

As I wrote last year, the beans represent goodness and good fortune, which is why they can be used to drive out demons. For the same reasons, they are good when thrown at people, so one event at the shrine has a small group of dignitaries showering the populace with beans...

Fumie and Anthony Heading In to get beaned... you can see many packets of beans flying through the air -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 125 mm — 1/250 sec, f/3.2, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Fumie and Anthony Heading In
to get beaned... you can see many packets of beans flying through the air
Dignitaries Throwing Beans -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/250 sec, f/3.2, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Dignitaries Throwing Beans
More Dignitaries Throwing Beans -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/250 sec, f/3.2, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
More Dignitaries Throwing Beans
Dignitaries Throwing Beans III -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.2, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Dignitaries Throwing Beans III
Dignitaries Throwing Beans IV -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/320 sec, f/3.2, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Dignitaries Throwing Beans IV
Dignitaries Throwing Beans V -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/350 sec, f/3.2, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Dignitaries Throwing Beans V
View From Afar the blue tarps cover items for the later intense burn -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
View From Afar
the blue tarps cover items for the later intense burn
Aftermath -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/640 sec, f/4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Aftermath
Aftermath II -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Aftermath II

All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

“beans represent goodness and good fortune, which is why they can be used to drive out demons.”

Ahhh. So THAT’S what happens when you eat beans. I always thought it was just an unfortunate gastrointestinal side effect. But no! Wow! Eating a bean burrito must be very good for you in that it drives out LOTS of demons.

— comment by Marcina on February 1st, 2009 at 2:13am JST (8 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I like the throwing form of the Geisha (Maiko?) in IV. Bet she could throw a mean curve ball 😉

— comment by Bob on February 1st, 2009 at 10:33pm JST (8 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink
Leave a comment...


All comments are invisible to others until Jeffrey approves them.

Please mention what part of the world you're writing from, if you don't mind. It's always interesting to see where people are visiting from.


You can use basic HTML; be sure to close tags properly.

Subscribe without commenting