Namahage Oga

Namahage_Oga_Charles FREGER_2013

Back from Akita, Japan. I had to do this a year ago, but my accident slowed me down and we could finally do it this year. I’m now starting a short research (Short, I mean, not with as many images as Wilder Mann) about some similar Wilder Mann characters I could find in Japan. Why do I try this? Because I believe there’s something really universal into this. Same kind of character, similar tradition happening same time of the year. Explaination are still to be found. I will collaborate with Mayumi Tsuruoka, Director, of the Institute of Art Anthropology of the Tama University of Art, in Tokyo, to meet several groups from the extreme south of Japan, to its up north…