Monthly Archives: July 2019

A Tale of Tenguyama: Demons, Ninjas and Squirrels

Tengu Woodblock

As Hokkaido turns from a powder paradise into a deep green jungle in during spring, it’s the perfect time to dig deeper into some of the fascinating culture that this land is famous for. With countless festivals (matsuri) to experience over the warmer months, our exploration of the Tengu – devious supernatural beings – begins with the the Shakotan Fire Festival.   Highlights from the Shakotan Fire Festival, featuring the local Tengu Deity   The town of Shakotan, with ~ 2200 residents, holds their fire festival in July each year to pray for their fishermen to return home safely, with … Continue reading →