The Tohyama Shimotsuki Matsuri was designated as an important intangible folk cultural property in Japan in 1979.Tohyama Shimotsuki Matsuri, which is presently held every December, had been held every eleventh month according to the old calendar during the Edo period (1603-1867).

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The people invited the kami before sunset, entertained them throughout the night and sent them off at down.

The sunrise right after the Matsuri’s night meant the revival of the energy of the Sun.

Young men who are disguised as Namahage get purified by a Shinto priest at the gate of the shrine’s stone stair.

They receive the masks of the Namahage which contain the spirit of the God, then they become Namahage and return to the mountain.

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The Shinto priests dedicate this Goma-mochi, roasted on the Sedo bonfire, to the Namahage; the Namahage can't touch this divine rice-cake easily and struggle to get it.

When the Namahage have finally taken the Goma-mochi, this fantastic festival, known as the Sedo Festival, comes to a climax, as the Namahage return to the mountain where the Gods reside.

After the winter solstice when the hours of sunlight grew longer, they thought it was the revival of the energy of the Sun.