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なまはげとは What’s “Namahage” ?

なまはげとは What's "Namahage" ? 東北関連 Hidemi Shimura






なまはげの儀式 Namahage Ceremony
なまはげ太鼓 Namahage Drum

Links above are some movies about Namahage. But the one I’ve seen in Taro Okamoto exhibition was the best.

“Namahage” is a traditional ceremony in Oga, Akita prefecture in Japan. Wikipedia
“Namahage” is devils who visit people’s house and scare lazy kids once a year.
In this site, explain about Namahage in English.

Here is English site of Namahage museum

In Febrary there’s a festivel called “Namahage Sedo Festival” in Oga peninsula, Akita.
There you can see real Namahage ceremony. It’s really curious festival.
Here’s nice site explain about the festival (in Japanese, but there are many nice photos)

Also there are restaurants you can enjoy Nakahage show and Akita food in Ginza & Roppongi, Tokyo !

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