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Maiko entertainers in Kyoto throw beans in Setsubun event

KYOTO, Feb 03 (NHK) - In Kyoto, geisha apprentices called maiko have taken part in a traditional bean-throwing ceremony for the first time in three years.

The ritual is performed to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck on Setsubun, the last day of winter on the Japanese traditional calendar that usually falls on February 3.

Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto City holds the two-day ceremony annually, from the eve of Setsubun. But the event was cancelled for the past two years due to the coronavirus.

On Thursday, maiko from the city's Pontocho entertainment district performed traditional dancing on a stage of the shrine. ...continue reading

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