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Bean-Throwing Geisha Celebrate Setsubun in Kyoto

February 2nd, while Americans watch groundhogs and their shadows, Japanese, or at least those in Kyoto, watch Geisha perform the Japanese version of Groundhog Day known as Setsubun. Setsubun is a sp…
February 2nd, while Americans watch groundhogs and their shdows, Japanese, or at least those in Kyoto, watch Geisha perform the Japanese version of Groundhog Day known as Setsubun. Setsubun is a spring ritual in which Japanese throw beans to ward off invisible evils and hasten the end of winter. At many temples and shrines they do a bean throwing ceremony known as mami-maki.

At Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto some of the bean throwers are geisha or rather maiko – geisha apprentices. Geisha are known as geiko in the Kansai dialect.

I got a packet of beans and ate them (also a Setsubun tradtion) washed down with Kirin Beer (a Samurai Dave tradition)

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February 3, 2010 - Posted by | culture, dance, Geiko, geisha, Geisha Dance, japan, japanese culture, Kyoto, Setsubun, travel, video, vlog | , , , , ,

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  1. [...] Bean-Throwing Geisha Celebrate Setsubun in Kyoto « Samurai Dave … February 2nd, while Americans watch groundhogs and their shdows, Japanese, or at least those in Kyoto, watch Geisha perform the Japanese version of Groundhog Day known as Setsubun. Setsubun is a spring ritual in which Japanese throw … more .. [...]

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  2. [...] Eho-maki have become so popular now. These bloggers posted about same topics. 1 2 Also, we did Mame-maki. Tatsu enjoyed throwing beans all over the rooms, and on the other hand, Momo were busy picking [...]

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  3. Your photo’s are great. We will be in Kyoto for Setsubun next year and had planned to go to Nara to see the lanterns. Would like to see the Maiko at Yasaka the day before after seeing it here but can find limited information (I can’t read Japanese). Can you tell me what time of day the event started on the 2nd?

    Comment by pacifictonz | September 1, 2010 | Reply

  4. Hi my name’s zuhriddin, from UZBEKISTAN, I play hand drum,I have group we want join festival how can make deal? you can watch my video in youtube.com, thank you, email me to your answer.

    Comment by zuhriddin | October 13, 2010 | Reply

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