In this episode, we visit Oga Peninsula of Akita Prefecture, home of the Namahage tradition. The origins of Namahage are still shrouded in mystery today. There are varied speculations of what/who Namahage might be - a mountain deity, an emperor, a mountain monk, or even a visiting foreigner. The Namahage of Oga is a folk belief that stands out among others of its kind. We investigate the question of what the Namahage might mean to the locals of Oga.
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