namahage ni sonau ozen ya umi no sachi
A thanksgiving dish
to Namahage --
fruits of the sea
The real purpose of the arrival of the devils is to punish the lazy fellow who does not do his work or help the parents with the house chores.The head of the family will serve the devils in a formal manner with sake and fish while the children and the housewife watch from a respectful distance. Suddenly the devil will shout to the wife “Is the cooking knife sharp?” “Are the New Year’s beans boiled?”
The festival consists of drama between human beings and the guardian deities. It is carried out as tradition and custom in the richness and fantasy afforded people of this part of the world. The figures suddenly rush out of the house to pound on the next door in their frantic scratch for a lazy fellow.
By Hidenori Hiruta