The Namahage of Oga
EN 100% Japan

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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