Today is the start of Spring in Japan and to begin the new season is celebrated in various areas of Japan with "Setsubun", the bean throwing ceremony to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck for the coming year.
In Tokyo two of the people honoured with being able to throw the beans on an audience were world champions Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13) [河野 公平], the WBA Super Flyweight king, and Ryoichi Taguchi (23-2-1, 10) [田口良一], the WBA Light Flyweight king.
The two men each seemed to enjoy the ceremony, which they took part in last year as well and do seem the accept that it is a huge honour.
As well as throwing the beans both men also spoke to the media. Kono seems aware of Roman Gonzalez's recent comments but seemed to be more disappointed about not getting the much talked about contest with Rex Tso (18-0, 11) [曹星如]. For Taguchi however things were more hopeful with the youngster now linked to a bout with his mandatory challenger Randy Petalcorin (23-1-1, 18).
It seems clear that both will be in action in May and it seems highly probably that both will be defending their titles in Tokyo during the "Golden Week", so fans may want to mark the start of May on their calendars already.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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