The Legend of the Oni
In the Tsugaru region, there are oni, which are ogre-like creatures from Japanese folklore. Unique oni-ko are enshrined on the torii gates of several shrines dotted along the river. There are place names containing the word oni and several shrines that enshrine oni as deities as well. The oni of Tsugaru are good oni who help people, and not the evil creatures typically seen in folklore. Even today, many legends remain about these mysterious oni.