Feb. 24, 2018 UPDATE


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PeriodFebruary 3rd, every year
Dynamic and humorous Oni dance in the Setsubun festival
Setsubun events are held on February 3th, the highlight is Oni dance which will start 3pm at the Rozan temple. Red ONI (demon covered mask) who has a sword, blue Oni who has an ax and black oni who has a hammer appear at the stage in front of the main hall and they are coming into the hall while dancing. Ritual to rebel bad spirits and long life takes place in the hall. Red, blue and black Oni are trying to prevent that ritual, but they are repulsed by throwing beans at them and rice cake and so on. Rozan temple’s beans are unique. It is covered with red or white color sugar, and they help you live long. Approximately 1000 people are coming to the Rozan-temple for this event every year.
Oni-dance origin is based on the old story that the founder of the temple repulsed 3 Onis who were trying to prevent ascetic practice. This dance is the highlight among the setsubun events
Oni no okaji
Oni no okaji
This ritual is practiced by Oni who was got rid of the bad devil. It is held before and after the dance and praying for healing.
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old amulets are burned with all feelings of gratitude.
Manner & Tips
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Please be careful to sparks. And, approximately 1000 people are coming to this event, there are really crowding
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You can see three demons every year at this small temple called Rozanji that is located next to the Kyoto Imperial Palace on Setsubun. Many locals come to this event every year to see the rather humorous and cumbersome dance of the demons.
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The demon dance here is fun to watch, just be prepared to wait. The really long waiting times are what I don't like about this festival, but the cumbersome dance of the demons is fun to watch. Especially the "drunken" dance they do after they have been defeated inside the temple.
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Setsubun-e / 節分会
Phone +81 75-231-0355
Address 397, Kitanobecho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-0852
Directions 15-minute walk from Keihan Line Demachiyanagi Stn. 20-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Line Marutamachi Stn. JR Kyoto Station:City Buses 4, 17, 205 (Exit at Kyoto Prefectural University Hospital) Hankyu Kawaramachi Station:City Buses 3, 4, 17, 205 (Exit at Kyoto Prefectural University Hospital)
Event time Oni-dance starting time is 3pm
Cancellations No
Price range
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
very powerful, you must have an exciting just looking !
Information Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
URL1 http://www7a.biglobe.ne.jp/~rozanji/
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