Friday, February 4, 2011

The bean-scattering ceremony in Yoshinoyama,Nara (節分 吉野山)

We are in Mt.Yoshino now.
This steep stairs leads to the Big Temple,Kinpusenji.
We're having the bean-scattering ceremony ,
and some other events in this temple tonight.
Many people gather here for the ceremony,
including people from a distant place.

Can you see the ogres in the darkness? Can you see their horns?
The  young people disguise themselves as devils.
(They're menbers of young men's association in this town.)
We throw beans toward them,to exorcise evil spirits from us.
The bean scattering is our custom early in February.
Every year on Feburary 3,we scatter beans,all over the country.
This day is called "Setsubun" (節分)in Japan.
And we eat sushi (which is rolled in seaweed with various ingredients).

Another performance started in the temple.His performance is acrobatic,using torches.
It's his showtime now!

Next,beating drum performance started.
A young lady play the drums very skillfully.
Her performance is so powerful that our evil spirits are all gone and dissapear!  

May this year be happy and healthy for you,too!


  1. Oh, what a spectacular pics.
    I`ve seen The Setsubun event in Kyoto on flickr. it`s amazing.
    We have our sanctification ritals but it isn`t related to the old Beginning of Year but with christian tradition of 40 days of fast. Before this period we enjoy a last day called Ostatki, last day of joy, dance and playfulness and carnival events

  2. I love the first pic !!
    I have already mean Setsubun baut I haven't realy see that

  3. @molla,
    Oh,do you have sanctification ritals in Poland?
    That's interesting.I think that's similar to ours.Setsubun is necesally for us before spring come,because we have to purify ourselves,cleanse ourselves,drive our evil spirits out before spring come.That's our custom in Japan.Your sanctification ritals are interesting!

  4. @Tifette,
    I'm happy you like that photo!
    Setsubun is our custom.We have to purify ourselves and drive our evil spirits out before spring come.It's our annual established custom in Japan.
    Thank you for your English comment!Je doit faire des progrès en français....Je suis encore commençante.

  5. I'm not good in English. I hope my sentence would mean something. lol :p
    Thank you for your explanation :)

  6. @Tifette,
    You're always welcome,Tifette!