Kimono Rosy (not self-named!) is organizing a Setsubun Festival at the Mermaid Tavern in Seminole Heights (Tampa) on the evening of Monday Feb 3rd. Setsubun is the old Japanese Lunar New Year festival. It's still celebrated as a spring festival in Japan!
Come dressed in crazy costumes--there will be a costume contest with prizes. We'll do mame-maki "bean-throwing" outside in the parking lot. So if your car has any evil spirits, this should take care of them!
You can also volunteer to perform short comedy sketches or dances, just like Setsubun parties in Kyoto. If you've done something like this for an Anime convention, that's what she has in mind. OR...maybe you're more into traditional comedy or entertainment--how about a shamisen number or a brief rakugo performance? ^_^ (Rakugo is Japanese comedic storytelling, like stand up comedy, but done sitting.)
For the comedy skits & performances, please send submissions to [masked] by the weekend of Feb. 1st and 2nd.
The Mermaid Tavern is a smoke free pub with a bar that serves beer, wine, and sake. (They serve non-alcoholic drinks and tea too!) They have a wonderful dinner menu of gourmet organic food, so people can always come early (open at 5 p.m.) and eat and relax before the