The dragon is enraged by the sages/elderly gentlemen who unwittingly summoned it trying to banish it again.
I think one of them is supposed to be blind, and the other deaf. There was a part where it was definitely "the deaf leading the blind" sort of comedy, plus the Goddess figure had bells in one hand, and a flag in the other, so that also led me to think that is the implication... You can see the "deaf" one in the corner, which is why I love this picture so much.
More from this shoot
My images from the Beppu Sentoumyou festival (1,000 candles, I believe) in Beppu Park. There was a performance before the actual Sentoumyou festival that we were lucky enough to catch. While there were no words, and we do not know the traditional Japanese characters being played, we could kind of figure it out as it went along, because fundamentally, I think all puppetry and masked characters share very common archetypes, even across cultures. (At least, that's what my Theatre education taught me.)
Beppu Sentoumyou Festival : November 3, 2012
Beppu-shi, Oita-ken, Kyushu, Japan
別府市 大分県 九州 日本