Setsubun Demon

Demon-Setsubun-2004-1
Demon-Setsubun-2004-1

Although geisha and maiko play prominent roles in the Setsubun festivities at Yasaka Shrine and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, Setsubun is really about celebrating the end of winter, the coming of spring, and driving away demons and other evil spirits to ensure happiness in the new year. Demons like this one play an important part in Setsubun rituals at shrines throughout Japan and are just as interesting to photograph as geiko and maiko, if not more so.