Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Setsubun Sai (Maiko dance performance and beans throwing) in Yasaka Shrine,Kyoto Feburary 2,2014

This is Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto.
Today Setsubun special event is going to be held here.It sounds exciting.
Let's go!
After a long wait,two maiko girls appeared to us.
From now,they're going to perform classical Japanese dance at the stage in the precincts of a shrine.
After dance performance,they're going to throw beans in order to drive away evil spirits.
They started dancing.
The dance number is "The plum-blossoms show the signs of spring".
She is "Momi-fuku (もみ福)".
She is "Chizuru (千鶴)".
The dance show ended solemnly.
After a dance,they started throwing beans.
Please don't worry,
beans are BAGGED,not bared,
so that no one gets hurt :)
I wish you every happiness!!

And these maiko events below are recommended in season from now.

Baikasai : February 25.This month
Miyako Odori :April 1-30,2014 (Gion Kobu)  http://www.miyako-odori.jp/english/index.html
Kyo-Odori : April (Details still haven't been decided) Miyagawa-chou
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  1. You have taken wounderful pictures! Thank you for sharing here with us! I guess the performance was wounderful, wasn't it?
    Can't wait to visit Kyoto again this year!

  2. @Haruyuri,
    Thank you,Haruyuri!
    Indeed,their performance was really wonderful! It's my pleasure if you enjoy these pics.
    And please have a nice trip to Kyoto :)

  3. Very lovely! I'd love to see maiko in person someday!

  4. What wonderful pictures! Such beautiful kimono and kanzashi they are wearing... It all looks so elegant.

    Even your evil spirits are more elegant than the ones we have here ^^ . Since the 14 th century the 'Gilles de Binche' have warded off spirits by dancing around for 3 days in heavy colourful costumes , swinging wooden sticks and throwing oranges. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:0_Binche_-_Les_Gilles_le_jour_du_mardi_gras_(1).JPG
    Also at weddings and at New year ,we chase bad spirits away with fireworks :)

  5. How nice, Kumiko, you had this opportunity! There are so many festivals and feasts in Kyoto, so you can always chose one and enjoy. Thanks for sharing this!

  6. @jadeXcore,
    Thank you,jadeXcore!
    Yes,that's good!
    Baikasai(Feb) and Miyako Odori,Kyo-Odori (April) are very recommendable :)

  7. @Walter,
    Thank you,Walter!
    Thank you for the information of the web site,Gilles de Binche is very interesting festival,I want to see it someday!
    Oh,they throw oranges!
    Indeed,your evil spirits might be powerful than ours,hahaha! ^ ^

  8. @Traveling Hawk,
    Thank you,Traveling Hawk!
    Indeed,there are too many events in Kyoto one after another.. We have no shortage of events year around ...
    Rain or shine,no matter what happens on that day,even if war happens,they carry out the event as scheduled.Because it is their mission to maintain the tradition.

  9. I can stare forever at their Japanese kimono, so beautiful!

  10. @Lizette,
    Thank you,Lizette!
    Yes,their graceful attitude and looks,it took everyone's breath away.
    Thank you for visiting my blog :)