Yesterday, February the 3rd, the annual “Demon Dance” was held at Rozan-ji in Kyoto City! Spring is welcomed with a ritual called “Setsubun”. This is one of the most famous and unique Setsubun ceremonies in Kyoto. From 2.00 pm on people can line up to receive a special blessing from a “demon”, who will ward off evil with a sword and torch. The event starts at 3.00pm with senior Buddhist priest entering the Hon-dō. After a brief ceremony one of the staff appears with a lighted torch. At the same time 3 demons are making their way to the Hon-dō. The torch is handed over to the red demon, who also wields a sword. There is a green demon brandishing a large ax and a black demon with a sledge hammer. The dancing continues until the demons enter the Hon-dō. A small ceremony is held to repel the demons. They come stumbling out the Hon-dō and disappear into oblivion. Next up, an actual arrow is shot to the different directions. The arrow lands in the crowd and only one person is the lucky one. Now we are entering the final climax of the setubun matsuri, the scattering of the “lucky beans” to the eagerly awaiting crowd.