Setsubun Festival celebrates the beginning of spring. And what a fun time at Sensoji. I arrived just in time for a mid-day bean throwing.
After the beans, they paraded out of the temple. Just when I thought the party ended, there was play.
The bobble-head type costumes were unique but unfortunately, the wearers were height-challenged and the railing made more appearances than the actors.
The highlight of the day was seeing a dog in a kimono. Unfortunately, it was running and I couldn’t get a good photo. I watched a newscaster run after it for a picture.
Japanese festivals are not complete without the edible fair accoutrement – okonomiyaki, octopus balls, and chocolate-dipped bananas. I had 3 bites of what I thought was okonomiyaki but it was fish with egg and pancake. After the parade, I got a grilled potato.
In lieu of waiting an hour to see the famous people throw beans, I opted to walk to the Tokyo Sky Tree and have dinner. [Separate post].
Then I headed to Sogo to see some of the suggested foods for the Setsubun holiday.