Japanese Annual Ritual Is Full of Beans

Throwing beans, is an age-old tradition in Japan. It's called "Mamemaki" and is an annual ritual held on the day of the spring equinox, when it's believed that Japanese ogres begin plotting mischief and evil. So people throw beans at them, a food that ogres hate. Normally it's a solemn ritual, done at a shrine with just a handful of soybeans per person.

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