Details about the Festival
"Chinkamasai" and "Yunomai"
18:00- At the entrance of the venue
Yunomai is a sacred Shinto blessing that uses music and dance specific to the Oga region. Chinkamasai (Yudate) is a purification ceremony made by stirring up boiling water from a cauldron with a whisk. It is thought the Chinkamasai (Yudate) ceremony is performed to keep away the ugly weather of sea.
The Namahage spirit call
18:20- At the gate of the shrine
Young men who are disguised as Namahage get purified by a Shinto priest at the gate of the shrine's stone stairs. They receive the masks of the Namahage which contain the spirit of the Gods, then they become Namahage and return to the mountain.
Observation of the Namahages' visit (Performance)
18:35- At Kaguraden stage
We can see a traditional New Year's Eve in the Oga area. Every year the Namahage visit and go from house to house and we can watch this performance at Kaguraden stage.
The Namahage Dance
18:55- In front of the Sedo bonfire
You can see a soul-stirring dance from the Namahage. It was created in 1961 by Baku Ishii (a modern dancer) from Akita, and his son, Kan Ishii (the composer).
Namahage Daiko Drumming
19:05- At Kaguraden stage
Namahage Daiko Drumming is a folk tradition which is a collaboration between Namahage and Japanese drummers. They play big drums wishing for peace to the household and a good harvest.
Namahage Descending from the mountain
19:25- At the open space
Namahage with torches show up from the dark side of the mountain and descend on the shrine. Everybody will be fascinated with the Namahage's mystical and fearless atmosphere. They walk around and interact with the audience.
Offering of Goma-mochi to the Namahage
19:50- At the approach to the shrine
Goma-mochi (rice-cake) is offered for the Gods. This rice-cake is given to the Namahage who are an incarnation of the Gods. The Shinto priests dedicate this rice-cake, roasted on the Sedo bonfire, to the Namahage; the Namahage can't touch this divine rice-cake easily and struggle to get it. When the Namahage have finally taken the rice-cake, then the Namahage return to the mountain where the Gods reside.
20:00- At the open space
Namahage events are different in each area of Oga, with varying costumes, masks and rules. Different Namahage areas come to this venue.
Distributing Goma-mochi and taking commemorative photos
-20:30 In front of the Kaguraden stage
Cut rice-cakes are distributed to the audience by the Namahage in front of the Kaguraden stage. These rice-cakes are said to be good for preventing mifortune.
Explanation about the Namahage by Kitaura elementary school students
Only on the first day (2/8) of the festival 17:40- (At Kaguraden stage)
During the Namahage Sedo Festival, there is a special offer on the admission fee for the "Namahage museum" and "Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum"
Adult: Usual price 1,080 yen > Discounted price: 864 yen
Students (Elementary, junior high, high school students): Usual price 756 yen > Discounted price 540 yen
"Namahage museum" Open hours 8:30-16:00 / Admission fee Adult: 540 yen Students (Elementary, junior high, high school students): 270 yen
"Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum" every 30 minutes during 15:00-17:30 on Friday 10th of Feb. Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th every one hour during 13:30-15:30 and every 30 minutes during 16:00-17:30.
Free admission hours
Namahage Museum (16:00 to 21:00)
Oga Shinzan Folklore Museum (16:00 to 17:30) *Demonstrations every 30 min. Tickets will be available prior to each demonstration.
Those who present a Namahage Sedo festival ticket at the following facilities will receive the following discounts: (validity period: Feb. 8th, 2019 - Mar. 31st)
Namahage Museum souvenir shop (5% discount) *some exclusions apply.
Oga Aquarium GAO (Adults: 300 yen discount, 6-18 years old: 150 yen discount).
Depending on the event, acting places will change between Kakuraden and Sando, etc. Except for the no entry zones, everything is open to visitors.
Standing seats are limited. For safety, we might control the entry.