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    Setsubun at the Kitano Tenman-gū part 1

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    The festival first starts with an introduction, including a story about Setsubun, then a play takes place. Two male priests and a procession of miko - temple girls - parade around the stage, singing a traditional Japanese song. The priest and maiko chant, and there enters into the stage an oni, dressed in colorful clothes. Next, another man enters; a laughing man who represents fuku, or good luck. At the end, the priests chase the oni around the stage, throwing beans and chanting the phrase, 'Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi'. This means, 'Demons out, luck in,'. This ends the first act.