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The Japanese New Year's ritual that's making a comeback

The Japanese New Year's ritual that's making a comeback
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People wearing demonic masks and straw garments visited homes in Japan's northern prefecture of Akita on New Year's Eve to ward off evil spirits and invite good luck in 2019

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People wearing demonic masks visited homes in Japan on New Year's Eve to bring good luck in 2019.

The 'Namahage' folk ritual was added to UNESCO's cultural heritage list in 2018.

The tradition in northern Japan has recently been revived after a 20-year hiatus. Many communities in the city dropped the practice in recent decades, partly due to a shortage of volunteers to play the deities.

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