Namahage Sedo Festival


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Address
Kitaurashinzan Mizukuisawa-97, Oga, Akita
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Phone
+81-185-24-9220
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This event, typically held mid-February at Shinzan Jinja Shrine in Oga City, involves a bonfire-side performance combining prayers for a decent harvest and the appearance of Namahage Shinto deities warning children against laziness. Considered one of northern Japan's top five snow festivals, Namahage Sedo Festival features blessings from priests, spirit calls, drumming, performances and the offering of special rice cakes to the Namahage themselves.