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Namahage Museum

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Address: Kitaurashinzan, Mizuhamisawa, Oga 010-0685, Akita Prefecture
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vivid glimpse of a scary Akita tradition

The Nahamage Museum is a noteworthy stop for those interested in local cultural and folklore traditions. However, parents may want to think carefully before visiting with small... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2015
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Aomori, Japan
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Grandville, MI
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

This museum is very well thought out. The Namahage are folk characters that come on New Year's Eve to scare kids into good behavior under the threat of being taken from their families. As others state, this may not be the best for young children who do not understand that the interactive portion of the tour is a performance. It... More 

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Aomori, Japan
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Reviewed 5 July 2015

The Nahamage Museum is a noteworthy stop for those interested in local cultural and folklore traditions. However, parents may want to think carefully before visiting with small children in tow! Happily well past that point in my own life, I could freely enjoy the museum's vivid illustrations of the namahage custom. 1) A short film showed the elaborate costume-making preparations... More 

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Tokyo
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Reviewed 15 June 2015

The Namahage are ogres who visit houses on New Year's Eve to check up on naughty kids (and sometimes young brides), scareing them into behaving well for the coming year. In reality, it is men from the neighbourhood who dress up, but the sight of the Namahage entering the house in the interactive show would likely scare small children! There... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 11 June 2015

Went for the namahage show where they have close up interaction with the audiences in that old japanese styled house. Everything was in Japanese. They explained how Namahage came about and their purpose. It was very interesting to know. In the museum, there was a short 15-mins video also showing the olden days and how they celebrate their new year... More 

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Norwich, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

I came upon the Namahage Museum during a trip to Akita for the legendary Namahage Festival in early February. The Museum provides several excellent resources for both locals and visitors to learn the history and culture of the Namahage: the monsters from the Snowy Mountain which descend once a year to terrorize children. Both during the festival and throughout the... More 

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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Reviewed 19 February 2010

The Namahage museum is located on a side road in a forest. It is really beautiful in the winter, but cost around 2,000yen to get there by taxi from Hadachi Station. The staff (when I went) did not speak English, but I could understand enough with some knowledge of Japanese. There are some English translations for artifacts and such, but... More 

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