In the afternoon of Setsubun day, went to "Rozanji Temple", famous for its "Demon Dance". This temple is not included in Yomo Mairi, but popular with the comical and fun demon dances. Demons always wear tiger pants.
Three demons, red, green and black, danced to the drums and snails.
Five demon extermination arrows were fired to all four directions and to the main shrine.
Then the demons weakened rapidly and were exterminated.
After the demon elimination, bean and mochi (rice cakes) were happily thrown. The beans here are coated with red or white sugars.
Another red demon was also exterminated in a kindergarten nearby and apologized to the children. Many demons were exterminated in Kyoto on the Setsubun day.
The last visit was to Mibudera Temple in the southwest. The worship order was not right, but Yomo Mairi (4 corner warship = northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest corners) of "Setsubun" was somehow completed.
First, wrote wishes on a Horakuyaki dish and dedicated it to Mibudera temple. The sun fell and the temple was with full of festival stalls.
Wishes were written with bad writing.
After dedicating a wish dish, watched Mibu Kyogen comedy performance "Setsubun". The Dainenbutsu Hall is a quaint stage designated as an important cultural property by the country. A humorous 40 minute performance by a beautiful but greedy lady who lost a husband, a man with funny Hyottoko mask and a red demon. "Setsubun" performance is repeated from morning to night on the Setsubun days.
Mibu Kyogen (an important intangible folk cultural asset), an old tradition with 700 year history, is a silent drama with no lines. Performed in conjunction with bells and drums, preaching Buddha's teachings by gestures. It was started by priest Enkaku to spread Buddhism thought such as "good and bad" and "causal retribution". Mibu Kyogen performance is played by elders and elementary school children living in the local community.
The Horakuyaki (wish) dishes dedicated on Setsubun will be used in Mibu Kyogen comedy performance in the spring.
In the evening, enjoyed the winter taste of Kyoto at a favorite Japanese cuisine.
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