Namahage (folklore demons that pay frightening visits to children of local houses) is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties. Local groups of Namahage-masked men, disguised as devils, visit private houses in the villages in the evening, grumbling "Any good-for-nothing fellow hereabouts?"
Schedule & Key events:
from 12:30 p.m.: Demonstration of Namahage in action and Taiko drumming at Michi-no-Eki Oga (OGARE)
from 6 p.m.: Namahage visits to Japanese-style inns, Ryokan and Minshuku in the city, for the guests, after purified at Shinzan-jinja Shrine
Location: Michi-no-Eki Oga (OGARE), Shinzan-jinja Shrine,, Oga, Akita
JR Oga Line to Oga Sta.
Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.