Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Setsubun 節分

Setsubun or the "seasonal division" festival is held the day prior to each new season. The spring Setsubun is often thought of as a continuation of New Year's festivities and is accompanied by ritual acts aimed at cleansing away any negativity lingering from the former year and to drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This particular festival complete with ceremonial bonfire was held inside a large shopping arcade across from the Sannomiya train station.

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