Region: Tohoku

City: Akita

What is it?

In the evening, a group of "Namahage," men disguised as devils, makes door-to-door visits, growling, "Is there a disobedient child in this house?" as they rush into a house. The devils are thought to punish those who are lazy and drive out evil. While children cry in fear, parents placate the "Namahage" with food and drink.

When is it?

12/31, New Year's eve
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