Namahage Monster in Ginza

Namahage is a well-known festival in the northern prefecture of Akita. It’s held around New Year’s, and involves men dressed as monsters like the one in the photo bursting into people’s houses, scaring the children, and telling them to be good in the coming year.

This particular Namahage, however, was handing out flyers for an Akita cuisine restaurant on the Ginza.

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