Akita prefecture 秋田県
“Kiritanpo” and “Namahage” is famous in “Akita” prefecture.
Today about Akita prefecture.
It’s the same longitude as Beijing, Istanbul, and New York.
It’s famous for the brand rice “Akitakomachi” and which is the third largest production volume in Japan.
In winter, many people put in “Kiritanpo” in the “Nabe”, but “Akita” is the birthplace of it.
At Dec.31st, “Namahage” come to houses, saying “Is there any bad boys or girls” or “Is there any wives that doesn’t wake up early”. This god comes to strict yourself again for a start of a new year.
Also, “Dainichidou bugaku” is listed in the Intangible Cultural Heritage. It’s a traditional dance which is performed in Jan.2nd, to wish for perfect health and bumper crops.
left side: “Kiritanpo”
right side: “Dainichidou bugaku”