Friday Photo: February 2016

Oh my goodness, this month has been crazy. February might be the shortest month of the year, but it sure has been the busiest! I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately, but I hope to remedy that in March. February is the lead-up month to Hina Matsuri on March 3rd. If you've followed this... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Kokeshi Dolls

During our trip to Tohoku earlier this month, we encountered shops and shops of kokeshi dolls. Kokeshi are wooden dolls with heads and bodies only, traditionally made only in the six northern prefectures of Japan's Honshu Island. The history of kokeshi is a bit murky. My research shows that kokeshi were first created in the... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Hina Matsuri (Girls’ Day)

Today is officially Hina┬áMatsuri, also known as Girls' Day, though I must admit I feel like we have been celebrating for quite some time now. ┬áTiers of hina dolls have been popping up in the past few weeks, making for beautiful and eye-catching displays everywhere from shrines to department stores. I've now been to Hina... Continue Reading →

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