Image of Asia: Catching lucky beans at start of lunar spring

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Posted: Feb 03, 2015 7:31 AM
Image of Asia: Catching lucky beans at start of lunar spring

In this photo by Eugene Hoshiko, people try to catch lucky beans and confectionery scattered by local celebrities during a "mame-maki" ceremony at Zojyoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo. The Japanese ritual marks the beginning of spring in the lunar calendar. In many households, people wear goblin masks with horns and shout, "Banish the evil. Bring in good fortune," before tossing roasted soybeans as others, especially children, scramble to collect and eat them.