02 Japanese Culture

Namahage なまはげ

An event that takes place in Oga, Akita prefecture known as Namahage is celebrated on New Year’s Eve which everyone participates in. For the Oga people, Namahage is a visiting god that warns of laziness, drives away the troubles of the house, and brings health, field mountain fruits and seafood. Young people in the village dress up as Namahage and go around the houses in the area, shouting “Any babies crying?”. On November 29, 2018, Namahage in Oga was registered as a UNESCO’s  Intangible Cultural Heritage as one of the “Visiting Gods: Gods of Masks and Costumes”.


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