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Fukuchiyama also has the Oeyama Mountains, a long mountain range from the neck of the Tango Peninsula to Fukuchiyama. Oeyama is famous for oni (demon, ogre) legends. Near the foot of Oeyama in Fukuchiyama, you may see oni statues like this one.
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The town wanted to promote itself as an oni town, so it opened the Japanese Oni Exchange Museum in 1993 on the former site of a copper mine at the foot of Oeyama Mountains.
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Right outside the oni museum is the world's largest oni-gawara oni roof ornament, 5 meters high, weighing 10 tons. Named "Oeyama Heisei no Dai-Oni." (大江山平成の大鬼).Japanese Oni Exchange Museum in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture.
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Japanese Oni Exchange Museum exhibits oni (demon, ogre) artwork and local oni legends of the Oeyama Mountains. Masks, statues, kawara roof tile ornaments, and paintings of oni from all over Japan and some from overseas. All donated to the museum. The museum is at the foot of the Oeyama Mountains (大江山). The Oeyama mountains are known for famous oni legends. That's why this museum was built here.
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These are oni masks from all over Japan. Very impressive collection of everything oni.
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"Oni" has no real equivalent word in English. It's usually a fearsome or hellish figure with negative connotations. It always has horns on the head, but it's not really a devil. Oni are generally perceived to be mean, cruel, evil, or bad luck. So if someone calls you an "oni," it means you're mean, cruel, or always angry. But there may be protective and benevolent ones as well.
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Tengu goblin masks.
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Oni masks based on Oeyama's three famous oni legends, especially "Shuten-doji" (酒呑童子).
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Setsubun oni.
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Oni even from overseas.
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Child demon (バジ鬼) from Bali, Indonesia. Protects children from danger by warning them if they are in danger.Japanese Oni Exchange Museum in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture.
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Kawara roof oni ornament.Japanese Oni Exchange Museum in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture.
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Kawara roof oni ornament. Oni-gawara.
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Kawara roof oni ornament. Oni-gawara.
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Kawara roof oni ornaments. Oni-gawara.
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Kawara roof oni ornaments. Oni-gawara.
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Giant oni-gawara roof ornament.
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Large exhibition room displaying oni artworks.
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Oeyama oni legend.
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Otsu-e oni painting from Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. 大津絵Japanese Oni Exchange Museum in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture.
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Otsu-e oni painting from Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. 大津絵Japanese Oni Exchange Museum in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture.
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Otsu-e oni painting from Otsu, Shiga Prefecture. 大津絵
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Neputa float from Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture. From the Neputa Matsuri Festival held in Aug. The float has lights inside and it is lit up and pulled by people during the festival held in the evening.
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Bench
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Road directions.
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Roadside river near Oeyama Mountains.
 
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