Sumo wrestler and Yokozuna Hakuho Sho greets to the audience during a Setsubun festival at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple on February 3, 2016, in Chiba, Japan. Setsubun is an annual Japanese festival celebrated on February 3rd and marks the day before the beginning of Spring. Celebrations involve throwing soybeans (known as mamemaki) out of the house to protect against evil spirits and into the house to invite good fortune. In many Japanese families one member will wear an ogre mask whilst others throw beans at him or her. The celebration at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is one of the biggest in Japan and organizers this year expect over 50,000 people to attend the event. Each year famous sumo wrestlers and actors are also invited to participate in throwing the beans. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

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Setsubun at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
Sumo wrestler and Yokozuna Hakuho Sho greets to the audience during a Setsubun festival at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple on February 3, 2016, in Chiba, Japan. Setsubun is an annual Japanese festival celebrated on February 3rd and marks the day before the beginning of Spring. Celebrations involve throwing soybeans (known as mamemaki) out of the house to protect against evil spirits and into the house to invite good fortune. In many Japanese families one member will wear an ogre mask whilst others throw beans at him or her. The celebration at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is one of the biggest in Japan and organizers this year expect over 50,000 people to attend the event. Each year famous sumo wrestlers and actors are also invited to participate in throwing the beans. (Photo by Rodrigo Reyes Marin/AFLO)

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Date 3 Feb 2016
Location: Chiba Japan
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