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New Year's News

New Year's News

I have been sick since before Xmas, I have stayed home for almost two week. I am getting better and I hope to be better in time for work.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Namahage Restaurant

After the game center we headed off to Ginza (like the Rhodeo Drive of Tokyo) for dinner at the Namahage themed restaurant and bar.

Our dear friend Misa-chan is a little crazy about Namahage. What is a Namahage??

NamahageFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

(生剥?) is a Japanese ritual which is observed throughout Oga Peninsula, Akita Prefecture in northern Honshū, Japan. It is said to have originated as a ritual for cleansing people's souls, and for blessing the new year.[citation needed] It is a kind of toshigami.

On New Year's Eve, a group of young men dressed up as fierce demons or bogeymen, Namahage, visit each house in the village, shouting: "any misbehaving kids live here?" They then scare children in the houses, telling them not to be lazy or cry, though little children often do burst into tears. Then the parents will assure the Namahage that there is no bad child in their house, and give food or traditional Japanese alcoholic beverages to the demons.

An obvious purpose of the festival is to encourage young children to obey their parents and to behave, important qualities in Japan's heavily structured society.

We had really great time interacting with the Namahage, eating, drinking and spending time with Naoko, Misa and Melina.

We are so lucky to have Misa and Naoko in our lives. They are such kind people and wonderful friends. Thanks girls for an amazing day. You ladies are the best hostesses.

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