|Miyuki[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]|
I got the special opportunity to see a kyogen in a holly temple, it was the first time for me to enjoy Kyogen
(traditional Japanese comic theater)
Food stalls is making a line to Mibu-temple
One of the stalls was offering the ‘Horaku. A unique feature of setsubun at Mibu temple is the writing on Horaku (炮烙) or unglazed ceramic plates. People write their wishes with a brush on the plates and then, submit them to the temple. In Kyōgen, they will be all smashed to bring a good fortune.
Rare amulets in the shape of Dharma or Jizo(guardian deity of children) are sold during the setsubun festival period. Dharma is round shaped and red colored, it is one of the Japanese auspicious doll. Dharma or Jizo amulets will protect you from calamities and difficulties.
People burn osenkos (incense) and blow them out after a few seconds of lighting it. As the smoke is believed to bring powers, they try to get the smoke they burn towards them.
A ritual was practiced
The praying to rebel bad spirits was held at the main hall on February 2th.
A gate of Kyogen venue
This is a gate of the Kyogen venue. They are held 8 times from 1pm to 9 pm continually for 2 days (February 2th and 3th). Taking photos and movies insidethe venue is prohibited.
A line was made even it was 50 minutes before the start of the Kyogen! They are waiting for a previous Kyogen performance to finish. Since the venue is outside, I recommend wearing a lot of clothes. Unfortunately, I could not take a photo, but, I was really fun !!
Actors in masks perform with the sound of bells, drums, and flutes. This sound was really simple, but strongly went through a cold air. In addition to that, Kyogen doesn’t have words during the performance.
Actually, it was the first time for me to see a Kyogen. I had thought that Kyogen is boring, difficult and plain… But this thought was my misunderstanding. I was completely drawn into Kyogen ina second after Kyogen start. I highly recommend enjoying Kyogen during the setsubun event. It is free of charge! You can feel free to join it!