One of my colleagues just shared with me the hilarious/traumatic northern Japanese tradition of Namahage. The Namahage are demonic gods who make their rounds on New Years Eve and terrorize children into good behavior. They bust into a house, wail at the kids, and sometimes even try to kidnap them for being naughty or lazy!
Please enjoy these Namahage videos; I know I did!
[Featured image: “Namahage” by kanegen – Flickr: Happy New Year 2010!. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons]