Setsubun

by / on February 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM / in Kamigyō-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Rozan-ji Setsubun Demon Dance in Kyoto City!

Rozan-ji Setsubun 2016 in Kyoto City: Rozan-ji Setsubun matsuri is held on February the 3rd in kyoto City. Spring is welcomed with a ritual called “Setsubun”. The Rozan-ji Setsubun matsuri “Demon Dance” is one of the most famous and unique Setsubun ceremonies in Kyoto. It was a cold gray day here in Kyoto and many people started to gather at Rozan-ji […]

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by / on February 4, 2016 at 6:37 PM / in Kyoto-Fu, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Yawata

Demons at Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū in Yawata, Kyoto.

Driving out Demons” matsuri, My journey: Driving out Demons: last Sunday, January 31st, was a beautiful sunny winters day here in Kyoto. It was also the start of the setsubun (節分) matsuri season, different events will be held on February second and third. Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū (石清水八幡宮) in Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture is holding their annual Oni yarai hito (鬼やらい人) or […]

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by / on February 12, 2015 at 9:22 PM / in Matsuri-Festival, Nakagyo-ku, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at Mibu-dera in Kyoto.

Setsubun at Mibu-dera: The annual setsubun festival is grand event ushering in spring and casting out evil in return for good fortune for the coming year. Although many shrines and temples hold their own version of the setsubun festival, some here in Kyoto have elaborate events. Mibu-dera (壬生寺), in the heart of the old Heiyan capital, is one of those […]

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by / on February 2, 2015 at 10:09 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto!

Setsubun at Yasaka shrine: Today is the first day of the Setsubun Matsuri and annual “bean trowing” events are held in Kyoto. I attended the first show at Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) that started at 13.00pm. Maiko from the Pontochō kabu-kai (先斗町歌舞会) did a traditional dance accompanied by ladies playing the shamisen (三味線). After the dance the maiko and shrine priests […]

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by / on January 29, 2015 at 5:04 PM / in Higashiyama-ku, Matsuri-Festival, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto!

Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine: On Sunday, the 3rd of February (2013), the yearly Setsubun festival was held at the Yasaka shrine (八坂神社) in Kyoto! Many people had gathered around the Kaguraden (神楽殿) for the musicians and dancers of the Yasaka Gagaku-kai (弥栄雅楽会) to start their sacred Bugaku (舞楽) court dance. Four ladies in traditional Buddhist costumes performed a traditional […]

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by / on February 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM / in Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at the Heian Shrine in Kyoto!

Setsubun at the Heian shrine: A few days ago, on Monday, February the third, I went to see the annual setsubun festival at the Heian shrine in Kyoto. I had been to Yoshida shrine, Yasaka shrine, Kitano Tenman-gu and Tenryu-ji previously. The inner court of the Heian shrine is quite large. A large perimeter was cordoned of, with the main […]

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by / on February 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM / in Matsuri-Festival, Sakyō-ku, Setsubun, Temples-Shrines

Setsubun at Yoshida Shrine (吉田神社) in Kyoto!

Last week-end it was Setsubun here in Japan, and in Kyoto, there are many shrines and temples that celebrate this festivals. One such shrine is the Yoshida Shrine (吉田神社) on Mount Yoshida here in Kyoto. Setsubun at Yoshida Shrine (吉田神社) in Kyoto is a yearly event held in the beginning of February! The Setsubun festival is held from the 2nd, […]

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