Work abroad as a Japanese ogre

26th Mar 2012
Written by: Macca Sherifi

Work abroad as a Japanese ogre

Working abroad is one of the most popular things to do on your gap year. However, unlike most backpackers and travellers working abroad, why don’t you become a Japanese ogre?

A small Japanese city is looking to hire a trio of ogres to boost its profile after the effects of the Tsunami last year.

Oga city, 450km north of Tokyo, said it will pay about £1,650 a month to people willing to travel around the city dressed as devilish gods known in local folklore as Namahage.

The gods are said to guard against misfortune while bringing bumper crops and bountiful fish catches, but the practice has faded over the years.

Now, with a national tourism push after last year’s quake-tsunami disaster, Oga city is looking to the tradition as a selling point.

Tourism officials and their friends have occasionally been donning horned masks and straw coats for special events. However, it has not been deemed enough especially since the full-time job requires that ghouls produce post-event reports.

Authorities now want to appoint three people to full-time positions.

“We had so far managed to get by ourselves,” said Yutaka Sato of the Oga tourism office.

“But to really promote our tourism, we want to efficiently dispatch Namahage as the face of Oga city.”

This may not be the best job in the world, but for fans of bogs, swamps and superstitions, working as a Japanese ogre could be a dream come true.

So, who fancies themselves as a bit of an ogre? What’s the weirdest job you’ve worked in while on your gap year?

If you’re looking for some ideas and inspiration for working abroad then head to our jobs section.

Photo of Japanese ogre taken by Evan Blaser (via Creative Commons)

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