Bean-throwing Ritual Held At Kyoto Shrine

Bean-throwing ritual held at Kyoto shrine

Geisha apprentices, called "maikos," have gathered at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto to take part in a traditional bean-throwing ritual.

The annual event took place on Saturday, on the eve of Setsubun. In the Japanese calendar, Setsubun is the day before the beginning of spring.

Fire Prevention Ritual Held In Northern Japan

Fire prevention ritual held in northern Japan

Men wearing outlandish straw costumes marched through a small community in northern Japan on Saturday. They were taking part in a centuries-old ritual.

The "Yonekawa no Mizukaburi" event dates back more than 800 years. It is held annually in the Yonekawa district of Tome City, Miyagi Prefecture.

Plan Set For Imperial Succession Ritual Buildings

Plan set for Imperial succession ritual buildings

A committee at Japan's Imperial Household Agency has decided on a plan to scale down buildings where one of the rituals related to the Imperial succession will be held next year.

The committee on Wednesday discussed buildings for the main ceremony of the Daijosai ritual. It will be held at the Imperial Palace in November following the enthronement of Crown Prince Naruhito in May.

Warm Welcome In Kyoto For 'cool Floor' Ritual By Kamogawa River

Warm welcome in Kyoto for 'cool floor' ritual by Kamogawa river

KYOTO--Diners took advantage of balmy weather here May 1 for the centuries-old tradition of eating on open-air terraces along the Kamogawa river while geisha mingled among them.

Customers took in waterfront views as they relaxed on the first day of Kamogawa Noryoyuka (Cool floor along the Kamogawa river), when the daytime high hit 29.5 degrees, the average temperature for early July in the city.

Half-naked Players Battle For Ball In Chilly New Year Ritual

Half-naked players battle for ball in chilly New Year ritualAbout 330 stripped-down male worshippers had a ball despite getting doused with cold water in the sacred annual “Tama seseri” New Year's festival at Hakozakigu shrine here on Jan. 3.
The local participants wore only loincloths in the quaint ritual, which literally means “competing for a ball,” at the shrine in Fukuoka’s Higashi Ward, in the northern part of Kyushu island.

Abe Sends Ritual Offering To Yasukuni Shrine

Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni ShrinePrime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering on Monday to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on the 71st anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II.
The premier is likely to refrain from visiting the Shinto shrine during the day in a bid to limit damage to Japan's ties with China and South Korea, two countries that suffered from Japan's wartime brutality.

Year-end Ritual Of Daikon Eating In Mt. Shigi

Year-end ritual of Daikon eating in Mt. ShigiHundreds of people have gotten a taste of hot cooked daikon, or Japanese radish, at a temple on Mount Shigi, in Nara Prefecture, western Japan.
The annual Daikondaki ritual at Senjuin Temple is held at the year-end to pray for the health and longevity of people in the coming new year.