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Ogres 'я' Us©

The Namahage orges prepare to invade Tokyu Department Store in Kichijoji, Tokyo for the Northeast Festival on February 2 (store details).

The Namahage. Northeast Festival @ Kichijoji, Tokyu Department store, in Tokyo.ナマハゲもいたよ。東北祭り@吉祥寺東急 江口寿史 (@Eguchinn)’s twitter February 1, 2014

The Namahage ogres visit to expel laziness in young children scaring them as they visit to the house in this is a traditional Japanese New Year’s folk event.
In the Tohoku region—the northeast of Japan—Namahage ogres visit homes during the Lunar (Chinese) New Year’s, which generally happens around February during the agricultural off-season. These ogres go from door to door frightening kids and admonishing them for their laziness as you can see below.

Sadly, nowadays the Namahage are mostly for tourists such as this event at Tokyu Department Store in Kichijoji, Tokyo.

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9 Responses to “Ogres 'я' Us©”

  1. @Durf Says:

    Ogre on his daily Tokyo commute???


  2. 'hammer Says:

    An “Oni” wearing a “Tengu” mask.


    The poor dude is a little confused.

  3. Taro Says:

    Y wrote:
    An “Oni” wearing a “Tengu” mask.

    I think it’s a Tengu with an Oni underwear fetish.


    Special Features of Tengu

    ① Red face

    ② Wings

    ③ Hakama (pleated skirt-like Japanese garment)

    ④ Haneuchiwa (fan made of wings)

    via YOKAI3.

  4. Blue Oni Taro Says:

    鬼は外! 福は内! Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!

    (”Demons out! Luck in!” –Wiki)

  5. Coligny Says:

    There was a dead fish head on a stick hanging from my mailbox today. My father-in-law said it wuz normal, seems this, that devil, beans and sushi roll gobbling are today’s superstitious gimmick…

  6. Taro Says:

    Coligny wrote:
    There was a dead fish head on a stick hanging from my mailbox today.
    … Some families put up small decorations of sardine heads and holly leaves (柊鰯 hiragi iwashi) on their house entrances so that bad spirits will not enter.

    Sardine head talisman on house entrance to keep bad spirits away

  7. Coligny Says:


    The more I get to know mom-in-law, the less I understand where she find the patience to deal with this shit…

  8. Y Says:

    Still trying to work out what the severed horse head-on-a-stick was doing outside my front door, maybe it’s a regional thing.

  9. Taro Says:

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