Today two of Shinsei's most notable fighters, Ryuya Yamanaka (15-2, 4) [山中 竜也] and Reiya Konishi (15-0, 5) [小西伶弥] along with gym chairman Masato Yamashita, took part in the event, dressing up in traditional outfits.
The trio went to the Minatogawa Shrine in Kobe City to take part mamemaki, the ritual of throwing beans to ward of evil spirits and demons.
For both men was the second time they had taken part in the ritual, having done so last year. Since then both men have seen their careers progress and and it's likely they will continue to take part in the future, as they look to remain connected to the Kobe region, fans and traditions.
The two fighters will each have a major bout on March 18th. Yamanaka will be defending his WBO Minimumweight title against Moises Calleros (28-7-1, 16), in what promises to be a total war between two high octane fighters, whilst Konishi will be taking on the big punching Carlos Canizales (19-0-1, 16) for the vacant WBA Light Flyweight title and today's events will certainly have been a welcome change from training for those bouts, and a chance to have some fun before going back to the gym.
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