Setsubun (Bean-Throwing Ceremony) is the day before the beginning of Spring in Japan. It was a day of the eve of the beginning of spring in front of the first day of spring on that day. It is a day which changes from winter in spring according to the calendar. It is considered by the seasonal change for a demon to arise. In order to drive it off, the event in which bind a soybean and it exterminates a demon is held. The popular song by a drum performance or a singer was sung as an opening performance on that day. Then, the famous men, the chief priest of a temple and entertainers of this area went up to the tiered stand, and were throwing about beans towards the spectator. These customs are performed until it results from the Muromachi period now. The ceremony begins 3pm and finished to 4:30pm. I took this photograph at Gokoku-ji in Tokyo's Bunkyō.
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erhan1958 (15033) 2012-02-07 5:23
like a documantary
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-02-07 5:57
This traditional ceremony of transition from winter to spring is interesting and fun at once. I like the choice of pictures, and their skillful assembly. The quality of each photo is excellent. This is a great useful work, which learns a lot about Japan and its people.
Have a nice day
holmertz (40055) 2012-02-07 7:11
This is a colourful and attractive presentation of the spring festival in the form of another collage of photos. Your selection of views gives us a good idea of the ceremonies. Thanks for sharing.
dale54 (6605) 2012-02-07 9:11
mikio hi my friend!thanks for your note,very good job with this pic,very enjoyable great pics!tfs! dr
shevchenko (19271) 2012-02-07 19:09
Nice photo gallery to show the colourful decorations and colourful costumes, it is really full with the atmosphere of festival, interesting composition, thanks for sharing.
danos (85771) 2012-02-08 0:42
nice the snapshots from the beginning of Spring in Japan.A lot of scenes with the people to enjoy as taking place in this beautiful and unique festive mood for the coming Spring.
sacimar (25975) 2012-02-08 7:29
good collage of images of this ceremony, it's a good way to show the event, I like specially the one with the woman, well seen,
jemaflor (83691) 2012-02-10 4:39
Interesting contribution, good report about the ceremony, well composed with these different photos, good sharpness light and colors, tfs.
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-02-10 5:42
Ola Mikio ,
Interessante esta tua composição com estas 4 fotos nesta cerimónia , bons detalhes e cores, gostei muito dos detalhes, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
cavli (1876) 2012-02-15 3:54
very nice report about the ceremony. The quality of each photo is excellent. good collage of images.
It is like cardpostal from Japan :)