Created 28-Jan-15
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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 Bugaku (舞楽) court dance while the musicians played the hichiriki (篳篥). After the dance the musicians and dancers threw mamemaki (豆撒き) beans, chanting the phrase, 'Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi'. This means, 'Demons out, luck in,'. The Kaguraden of Yasaka shrine was nicely decorated for the occasion and paper lanterns where lined around the top of the hall.
Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto!Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto!Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto!Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto!Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto!Setsubun at the Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto!

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:Japan
Keywords:Japan, Kyoto, Risshun, Setsubun, Yasaka shrine, mamemaki, 八坂神社, 立春, 節分, 豆撒き