25m 00s
Oni: The Japanese Ogre
Spiritual Explorers
25m 00s

Broadcast on March 28, 2020
Available until March 28, 2021

February 3 marks an important day for Japanese people: the Setsubun festival. Each year, people throw Mame (roasted soybeans) and recite the phrase "oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi." This phrase means "fortune in, ogre out." For Japan, the ogre represents disaster, illness, famine and other calamities outside of one's own control. We visit Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan to explore region's long-standing ogre folklore and experience the Japanese spirit.