Sunday, February 15, 2009

Mizokuchi demons

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This is the draincover for the town of Mizokuchi in Tottori Prefecture. A story concerning the mythical 7th emperor of Japan visiting the area and fighting the local Oni, demon or ogre, is considered to be the earliest mention of Oni in Japan.

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Up until recently the town had an Oni Museum, but apparently it has closed down due to lack of visitors. The giant statue on top of the building was visible from quite a ways off.

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There was a small collection of demon masks from around the world.

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And a small collection of demon masks from around japan.

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A nice wooden Hanya mask.

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Off course it wouldn't be Japan without "cute" demons!

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