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Photo Journal: Feline fortune

Cast and crew members from the popular musical "Cats" throw beans from an observation deck at the top of Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka's Naniwa Ward on Feb. 1, 2017, as part of the buildup to the annual Setsubun festival. As the members shout out the traditional Setsubun phrase, "demons out, luck in," they also pray for prosperity for the city of Osaka, as well as success for Japan's theater world. The Shiki Theatre Co. cast members seen here are wearing their on-stage make-up and costumes. The theater company's production of Cats marked its 33rd anniversary in 2016. In addition to throwing beans from the top of the 94.5 meter-high special observation deck, the cast and crew also threw beans outside the first floor reception, to the sound of cheers from Osaka residents. (Mainichi)

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