Namahage is registered as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. It is a joy-bringing divinity that visits house after house in demonic form and runs around wildly to pray for a year of happiness. It is believed that a god inhabits the straw that falls from the Namahage's costume, the "kede," and that it is a talisman to protect against illness. After enjoying the Namahage's live performance, you can pick up the straw it dropped and craft something to bring home with you.
Namahage Museum visit (30–60 min)
Learn about the history and charm of the Namahage at this facility. You can also transform into a Namahage. The different masks from various regions lined up in rows are stunning.
Namahage live performance (30 min)
See the Namahage up close and feel its intensity as it runs riot through a house.
Namahage crafts (30 min)
Create a handicraft using the straw from the Namahage's costume. A god inhabits the straw, which will become a talisman for health and wellbeing.