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Welcome to O-Mamori ! お守り and Mingei 民芸 ! 

The rich world of Japanese amulets and talismans,
sold at Buddhist temples and Shinto shrine all over Japan.




The folk art and folk craft of Japan with its many folk toys (gangu 玩具)
has produced many small items to protect from illness, bring good luck and money and wish for general happiness for the family.
Introducing regional monsterlins, ghosts and demons and how people coped with them.
Introducing miniatures of figures from festivals and rituals and much more !


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Amulets from Shrines and Temples
. Shinsatsu 神札 , Mamorifuda 守り札 .


How to make a wish come true . . .
. Gankake 願掛け wish-prayer, to make a wish .


Little things for good luck
. Engimono 縁起物


Folk Art and Folk Craft
. mingei 民芸 and folk craft museums

. minzokugaku 民俗学 / 民族学 folklore studies, ethnology .


Kyoodoo gangu 郷土玩具 Kyodo Gangu Folk Toys
. Regional Folk Toys from Japan .
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Regional monsters and demons
. Yookai 妖怪 Yokai monsters, demons - Introduction
yuurei 幽霊 Yurei, ghost
bakemono 化け物  o-bake お化け


Furusato, home village, home town, Heimat
This is where you feel at home, where the ancestors are close by, where everything is all right. It is an emotion deep inside the Japanese soul.
. Furusato ふるさと, 故郷、古里 .


. Festivals, Ceremonies, Rituals . SAIJIKI

. Kami to Hotoke - the Deities of Japan .


. Japan - Shrines and Temples .


. WASHOKU - Regional Dishes from Japan


. Reference, Books . . . .


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. Japan after the BIG earthquake March 11, 2011

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12/30/2018

- Omamori - INFO

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Omamori (御守, o-mamori)
are Japanese amulets dedicated to particular Shinto deities as well as Buddhist figures. The word mamori (守り) means protection, with omamori being the polite sonkeigo form of the word mamoru, "to protect".

Design and function

The amulet covering is usually made of cloth and encloses papers or pieces of wood or paper with prayers written on them which are supposed to bring good luck to the bearer on particular occasions, tasks or ordeals. Omamori are also used to ward off bad luck and are often spotted on bags, hung on cellphone straps, in cars, etc. for safety in travel. Many omamori are specific in design to the location they were made.

They often describe on one side the specific area of luck or protection they are intended for and have the name of the shrine or temple they were bought at on the other. Generic omamori exist, but most of them cover a single area: health, love, or studies, to name only a few. It is said that omamori should never be opened or they lose their protective capacities. Amulets are replaced once a year to ward off bad luck from the previous year. Old amulets are usually returned to the shrine or temple so they can be disposed of properly.

Modern commercial uses
There are modern commercial versions for these that are typically not spiritual in nature and are not issued by a shrine or temple. They do not confer protection or need to be replaced every year. It has become popular for stores in Japan to feature generic omamori with popular characters such as Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, Snoopy, Kewpie, etc.



Some popular omamori are:

Kanai Anzen: For good health and help with illness.
Kōtsū Anzen: Protection for drivers and travelers of all sorts.
En-musubi: Available for singles and couples to ensure love and marriage.
Anzan: Protection for pregnant women during term and to ensure a safe and easy delivery.
Gakugyō Jōju: for students and scholars.
Shōbai Hanjō: Success in business and matters of money.

source : WIKIPEDIA


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People go to a temple or shrine and pray or make a vow for something special.
They hope their prayers will be heared and richess, health etc. bestowed upon them.

goriyaku, go riyaku 御利益, ご利益 reward
receiving merits and benefits


Vows and prayers must be sincerely petitioned and gratitude must be shown if a wish is granted.
Otherwise there will be a divine retribution (tatari 祟り 。たたり)


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special fuda talismans, shinpu 神符
taima たいま(大麻), oonusa おおぬさ
gofu, gofuu 護符/御符




gohei 御幣(ごへい)strips of white paper on a wand
used to purify a place or person by waving over it.


nusa 幣(ぬさ)
They come in many variations, according to the shrine and deity they are used for.

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Gohei
A kind of ritual wand; one type of heihaku, also called heisoku. Originally gohei were identical to cloth offerings called mitegura, but the term gradually came to be used in today's more narrow sense. Gohei are made by attaching zig-zag strips of gold, silver, white or multicolored (five-color) paper to a staff (called a heigushi) made of bamboo or other wood.

Originally, offerings of cloth were presented to the kami by attaching them to a staff, and this practice forms the origin for today's customary gohei. Also, while rectangular paper was used at first, the custom later developed of attaching streamers called shide to the sides.

Originally an offering to the kami, gohei stood deep within the sanctuary and came to be viewed as a mishōtai, an object in which the spirit of the kami resided, or else were placed before the kami as a decoration similar to mirrors, or were used as implements with which to purify worshipers at the shrine.
source : Motosawa Masashi, Kokugakuin, 2005



For some festivals there is a special
. gohei no atama kazari 御幣の頭飾り headgear with gohei decoration .




In Red and White, koohaku 紅白 for extra power.


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. Shimenawa 注連縄 a sacred rope .



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12/29/2018

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. Regional Daruma Dolls from Japan .


  


Regional Folk Toys - From Hokkaido to Okinawa

日本の郷土玩具 gangu
日本のおもちゃ omocha


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This BLOG is dedicated to the brave people of Tohoku.

. Japan after the BIG earthquake March 11, 2011

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HOKKAIDO 北海道 [ 道北 道東 道央 道南 ]

. HOKKAIDO . and . AINU .

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TOHOKU 東北 [ 青森 岩手 宮城 秋田 山形 福島 ]

. AKITA .

. AOMORI .

. FUKUSHIMA .

. IWATE .

. MIYAGI .

. YAMAGATA .


DARUMA after the great earthquake of March 11, 2011

. Tohoku Daruma .


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KANTO 関東
[ 東京 神奈川 埼玉 千葉 茨城 栃木 群馬 ]

. CHIBA .

. GUNMA, GUMMA .

. IBARAKI / IBARAGI .

. KANAGAWA - Yokohama - Kamakura .

. SAITAMA .

. TOCHIGI - Nikko .

. TOKYO - Edo .


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. . . . . Chubu, Chuubu Chihoo 中部地方





SHINETSU 信越 [ 新潟 長野 ]

. NAGANO .

. NIIGATA .

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HOKURIKU 北陸 [ 富山 石川 福井 山梨 ]

. FUKUI .

. ISHIKAWA .

. TOYAMA .

. YAMANASHI .


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TOKAI 東海 [ 愛知 岐阜 静岡 ]

. AICHI - Nagoya .

. GIFU . Hida, Mino .

. SHIZUOKA .


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KINKI / KANSAI 近畿 [ 大阪 兵庫 京都 滋賀 奈良 和歌山 三重 ]

. HYOGO - Kobe, Himeji .

. KYOTO, Kyooto, Kioto .

. MIE - Ise Shrine .

. NARA .

. OSAKA .

. SHIGA .

. WAKAYAMA Kishu .


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CHUGOKU CHIHO 中国 [鳥取 島根 岡山 広島 山口 ]
Western Japan 西日本 Nishi Nihon


. HIROSHIMA .

. OKAYAMA .

. SHIMANE .

. TOTTORI .

. YAMAGUCHI .


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SHIKOKU 四国 [ 徳島 香川 愛媛 高知 ]

. EHIME .

. KAGAWA .

. KOCHI (Koochi, Tosa) .

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KYUSHU Kyuushuu 九州
[ 福岡 佐賀 長崎 熊本 大分 宮崎 鹿児島 ]

. FUKUOKA - Hakata - Kita-Kyushu .

. KAGOSHIMA (Satsuma) .

. KUMAMOTO .

. MIYAZAKI, MIYASAKI .

. NAGASAKI .

. OITA .

. SAGA .


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.OKINAWA 沖縄 . Ryukyu 琉球 .


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. WASHOKU .
Regional Dishes from Japan



. O MATSURI お祭り .
Regional Festivals from Japan



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4/02/2018

kagu furniture

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kagu 家具 furniture


wa kagu 和家具 Japanese furniture
小泉和子 Koizumi Kazuko (1933 - )

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The traditional Japanese household had furniture and features that were directly related to the Japanese culture: simplicity, functionality, and the attention to nature and space.
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Imagine that every single thing you owned had a purpose and place, and you're coming pretty close to imagining a traditional Japanese household. Great thought and care were given to the culture when designing Japanese furniture. Every piece, while simple, had a function and elegance that helped enhance the living area of the family it belonged to.
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If you were to look at the interior of a Japanese household, the first word that comes to mind might be 'sparse'. This is because in traditional Japanese houses, from ancient times to the present, there was very little furniture to sit or sleep on. Without chairs or bedding, the Japanese generally used the floor to sit and sleep on. This is because the Japanese believe in the concept of ma, or negative space and a desire for simplicity. Objects would be placed very far apart, as the traditional Japanese believed that this space encouraged creativity. ...
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Even though their spaces often appeared to be mostly empty, that was not the case. There were several main kinds of furniture that could be found in traditional Japanese homes. Most of the furniture was made of wood, and much of it had handles on the sides so it could be picked up and moved if needed for aesthetic reasons or in response to a fire. Since the homes were made mainly of wood and rice paper, fires were a common occurrence.

Furniture in Japan had three main purposes:
sleeping and sitting, prayer, and storage.


To replace seating and sleeping furniture, a mat called a tatami was used. Tatami mats were made of woven straw and could be arranged in multiple ways.
There were also Buddhist prayer tables and altars found in most households.
They were made of wood and were usually simple in design, though wealthier households sometimes had altars that were gilded (covered with gold) and ornately carved.
A chest, or tansu,
was first used in the 700s in Japan. This armoire had doors that opened and drawers. The tansu was used for clothing storage and was generally very utilitarian, though sometimes these chests had iron banding or decorations. A tansu used in the kitchen was called a mizuya, and it differed from clothes storage in that it had sliding doors to hide utensils and dishes.
A special kind of tansu was called the kaidan tansu.
This was a storage chest that was in the shape of a staircase and also often functioned as one. In place of doors, this chest had drawers that were equipped with iron handles.
source : study.com/academy/lesson/japanese-furniture...


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Matsumoto kagu 松本家具 Matsumoto furniture, Nagano


source : m-k-k.jp/exhibition...
松本家具研究所

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Matsumoto furniture
Matsumoto-kagu furniture was first made in the latter half of the 16th century to meet the demands of people living in the area. Around the 18th century production of furniture such as chests of drawers and dining tables for everyday use began. With the development of transport, furniture began to be shipped to all parts of Japan, and became known throughout the country. Matsumoto furniture is made of timber such as zelkova and Japanese oak, and is assembled using traditional methods into extremely solid furniture. It is then coated with over ten layers of lacquer, which brings out its depth and beauty.
Chests of drawers, display shelves and low tables are still being made today.
Matsumoto furniture was designated a traditional craft in 1976.
Matsumoto Furniture Craft Association:3-2-12 Chuo, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano
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. butsuma 仏間 room for the Buddhist house altar .
. . . . . butsudan 仏壇 Buddhist house altar

. byoobu, tsuitate 屏風、衝立 folding screen .

. chabudai ちゃぶ台 / 卓袱台 / 茶部台 table for tatami rooms .
shippoku しっぽく  // karazukue 唐机(からづくえ) "Chinese Tang Table"

. chigaidana, chigai-dana 違い棚 staggered shelves .

. fusuma 襖 and shoji 障子 sliding door .

. ranma 欄間 transom, open panel carvings .

. tansu 箪笥 / 簞笥 -- たんす chest of drawers, Kommode .

. tatami 畳 floor mats .


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. Reference .


. The Japanese Home - Introduction .
with a long list of furniture


. Kaguya Hime かぐや姫 .
Not related to 家具 kagu at all, but the daughter of a friend used to call herself thus, daddy being a kaguya 家具屋, maker of furniture.


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3/10/2018

NHK shumi mingei 2018

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NHK Shumidoki Mingei 趣味どきっ! 私の好きな民藝
Eテレ(本) 火 午後9:30~9:55



私の好きな民藝 (趣味どきっ!) ムック
鞍田崇 Kurata Takashi, 平井かずみ Hirai Izumi ...

source : amazon.co.jp...

かご、器、布、鉄瓶…土地の風土が生んだ“民藝"が、今改めておしゃれでモダンな道具として見直されている。
日本各地の「民藝の里」を旅して、心豊かな道具の使い方を提案する。

「みんながブランドのバッグを持つ」といったような、だれかに押しつけられた価値観に流され、画一的な消費で暮らしを埋め尽くすことに対して、「そうじゃないよね?」といった違和感が、じわじわと広がってきています。「自分の暮らしを自分の手に取り戻したい」と、多くの人が感じているのです。
そんな流れから、自分らしい暮らしを見つけるヒントとして、いま、民芸に脚光があたっています。民芸は、日常の暮らしを大切にして心豊かに暮らすということに、正面から網羅的に取り組んできたからです。
懐が深く、さまざまなアプローチができることも、民芸が多くの人を惹きつける理由でしょう。日本全国あちこちに民芸と関わる場所があり、自分たちの地元にこそ、すてきなものがある、そう気がつくことができるのも魅力です。
今回は、7つの地域で作り手や配り手(販売者)を訪ねます。この旅を通して、ぬくもりがあり、マジメでかわいい民芸の魅力に触れてみませんか? 暮らしを楽しく、心地よくするためのナビゲーターに、民芸がきっとなってくれます

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はじめに 民芸は心地いい暮らしをはじめるためのナビゲーター
第1回 盛岡/南部鉄器 - Morioka Nanbu Tekki ironware
第2回 奥会津/かご・ざる - Oku-Aizu kago, zaru - baskets
第3回 松本/家具・木工 - Matsumoto kagu, mokko - furniture, woodwork
第4回 高山/ガラス・漆器 - Takayama garasu shikki - glass laquerware
第5回 鳥取/焼き物(岩井窯、因州・中井窯ほか)- Tottori - yakimono pottery
第6回 島根/焼き物(出西窯・湯町窯ほか)- Shimane - pottery
第7回 沖縄Ⅰ/喜如嘉の芭蕉布 - Okinawa - bashofu material
第8回 沖縄Ⅱ/読谷山焼・琉球ガラス - Okinawa - Yomitanzan pottery Ryukyu glass


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. gangu 玩具 伝説, omochcha おもちゃ  toy, toys and legends .



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3/01/2018

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Mascots



Candidate A
A pair of futuristic digital characters will be the mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

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#2020マスコット
@Tokyo2020jp

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The Fox and Tanuki did not make it . . .
They were inspired by traditional fairy tales.


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2/20/2018

sennin netsuke

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sennin to netsuke 仙人と根付 Netsuke of Immortals

Most Netsuke have as their subject the
. Eight Immortals 八仙 Pa Hsien from China .

. Netsuke with Daruma san .
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. Amulets in the form of a netsuke 根付お守り netsuke omamori .




. Gama Sennin 蝦蟇仙人 "Toad Immortal" .

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Bashiko
Bashiko, another Taoist immortal, is considered by the Japanese to be the first veterinary surgeon. He supposedly lived in China in the years 2697-2597 B.C. and cured a dying dragon by operating on its throat. Bashiko is rarely depicted in art, while another Taoist sage, Chinnan, is more popularly shown with dragons.

Bushishi
Chinnan
Chochu
Chodoryo

Chokaro - Chowkaro
Chokaro traveled a lot and had an elegant solution to the transportation problem. He had a magic pumpkin. He only had to blow into the pumpkin and out of it came a horse. Chokaro therefore is always shown with a pumpkin of which a horse is peeping out.

Choshika
Genkei
Ikkaku
Jittoku and Kanzan
Jogen Fujin

. Kinkoo 琴高仙人 Kinko Sennin - Qin Gao.
Kinko, who lived beside a river and was a painter of fish.
One day a giant carp offered to take him for a ride into the realm of the immortals. He returned after a month, telling his followers never to kill another fish. He then jumped into the river, where he was transformed into a carp himself. Kinko is usually shown reading a Taoist scroll while riding on the back of the magical fish.

Kohaku
Koko

Koshohei

Sennin Koshohei with a short stick in his hand leaning slightly over a small rock that turns into a goat. Koshohei led a herd of goats to the mountains and stayed there for 40 years in meditation. His brother found him after all that this time and was wondering where the goat were. Koshohei touched the boulders around him with a stick, and they turned into goats.

Kozen
Ryosho
Ryojo

Seiobo, Seiōbo 西王母  Queen Mother of the West

"Sei-o-bo" (Si Wang Mu, Xiwangmu in Chinese. Queen of the West).
The Taoist deity who lives in Konron (Kuen Lun) mountains. She cares for the mythical peach tree which bears fruits every three thousand years. Eating this peach bestows immortality. According to the legend, Tobosaku stole and ate the peach and made himself "sennin".

Shosen
Shukkeio
Sonto
Tekkai

Tooboosaku, Tōbōsaku 東方朔 Tobosaku

Tobosaku is the bad guy in the Japanese mythology who stole not only one, but three peaches out of Seibo's garden. So he became immortal. No wonder that Tobosaku is always shown as an old man, with a broad smile and a peach in his hand. Happy old man!

Tohakkuka

Tsugen - another name for Chokaro / Chang Kuo-lao
- associated with a mouse
Sennin Tsugen mit zotteligem Haar und langem Bart fröhlich lachend in tänzerischer Pose mit Astknotenstab in der Rechten, an dem hinter seiner Schulter eine Kürbisflasche hängt.

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Netsuke Subjects: A Study on the Netsuke Themes with Reference to Their Interpretation and Symbolism : Containing Photographs and Details on More Than 400 Netsuke
By Karl M. Schwarz


Dmitry Levit Asian Art 16 pages
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. Kooan - 黄安仙人 / 黄安 Koan, Kame Sennin .
Kame Sennin 亀仙人 "Turtle Immortal"

. Tsuru Sennin 鶴仙人 crane hermit .
王子喬Ooshikyo Wangze Kao / 費長房 Hichobo / 黄鶴楼Kokakuro


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. Reference - netsuke immortals .


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1/20/2018

oboko child dolls

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oboko, o-boko おぼこ child doll

oboko is a name for a child, used in many prefectures of Tohoku.

. kibokko 木ぼっこ / 木ぼこ kiboko wooden oboko child dolls .
from Tohoku

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- ABC - List of Oboko dolls from the Prefectures

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................................................................................ Kyoto 京都府   

Clay Dolls from Fushimi - 伏見土人形


about 19 cm high




. Clay Dolls from Fushimi - 伏見土人形 .




................................................................................ Miyagi 宮城県   

. oboko おぼこ head-doll from Sendai .




................................................................................ Yamagata 山形県    

Oboko おぼこ O-Boko, O-Hogo
. Daihooji tsuchiningyoo 大宝寺土人形 clay dolls from temple Daiho-Ji .


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. gangu 玩具 伝説, omochcha おもちゃ  toy, toys and legends .
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1/10/2018

Okoso zukin winter hood

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okoso zukin, okoso-zukin 御高祖頭巾 / お高祖頭巾 hood for winter

These are dolls of women with okosozukin, a special large hood, usually worn in winter to keep warm.
Sometimes also worn by women who needed to hide their mouth or face, serving as a veil. The cloth is square and can be tied under the chin with a string.
The hood can be wrapped clockwise or counter-clockwise.

. zukin 頭巾 (ずきん) hood - introduction .
..... maruzukin 丸頭巾(まるずきん) round hood
..... hoorokuzuki 焙烙頭巾(ほうろくずきん) flat round hood



The "okoso-zukin" (combination hood and veil) was a winter costume for women. Covering the entire head and part of the face, it is a square cloth with a string that is tied under the chin. Women sometimes used the "okoso-zukin" to cover their mouth. Women wrapped it in both a clockwise and counter clockwise direction.
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................................................................................ Aichi 愛知県

Inuyama tsuchi ningyo 犬山土人形 clay dolls from Inuyama




Okoshi tsuchi ningyoo 起土人形 clay dolls from Okoshi






................................................................................ Hiroshima 広島県

Tsuneishi hariko 常石張子人形 papermachee doll from Tsuneishi






................................................................................ Hyogo 兵庫県

丹波系土人形 clay dolls from the Tanba region


about 10 cm high



................................................................................ Kagoshima 鹿児島県

Choosa tsuchi ningyoo 帖佐土人形 clay dolls from Chosa






................................................................................ Kyoto 京都府

Fushimi tsuchi ningyoo 伏見土人形 clay dolls from Fushimi














................................................................................ Nara 奈良県

Hase tsuchi ningyoo 初瀬土人形 clay dolls from Hase 






................................................................................ Shiga 滋賀県

Obata tsuchi ningyoo 小幡土人形 clay dolls from Obata






................................................................................ Yamagata 山形県

Sagara tsuchi ningyoo 相良土人形 clay dolls from Sagara







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12/24/2017

Saeki Toshio

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Saeki Toshio 佐伯俊男
(1945 -
Born in 宮崎県 Miyazaki, moved to Osaka at age 4.



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Meet Toshio Saeki,
the Master of Japanese Erotica You’ve Never Heard Of


In a remote Japanese mountain village, a winding road lined with cherry blossom trees and wild boar traps leads the way to Toshio Saeki’s home and studio. The 72-year-old artist, who some have christened the “Godfather of Japanese Erotica,” has lived here since the 1980s, when he left Tokyo to escape its bubble economy. Today, still actively working, Saeki has published 21 monographs of his erotic art, for which he’s earned acclaim and exhibitions all over the world.

Once the best known erotic artist in Tokyo, Saeki has a fervent fanbase spread across the globe and remains a bonafide legend of underground culture. Despite this, his importance to the international art world has long been underestimated, both in Japan and abroad. And his work has never been properly contextualized.

Saeki rose to fame in Tokyo in the 1970s, during the halcyon days of the city’s sex scene. He released an early collection of 50 self-published drawings, which were a critical success. “Toshio Saeki conjures death with a pen,” wrote the late Japanese critic, poet, and playwright Shūji Terayama, in a letter to the artist in 1969. (Terayama was also the first person to buy one of Saeki’s original works.)

In the 1970s, with unbridled explorations of violence, death, and sex in his works, Saeki captured the post-war spirit of cultural rebellion and social reinvention. He was inspired, he says, by a book by French illustrator and writer Tomi Ungerer that arrived in Japan in the 1960s. At art school, he studied Western art, rather than Japanese, finding the latter too often dictated by rules, tradition, and convention.

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ureshi Daruma 嬉達磨 Daruma in Bliss


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12/04/2017

Okkawa dolls Aichi

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Okkawa tsuchi ningyoo 乙川土人形 clay dolls from Okkawa
Otsugawa ningyoo 乙川人形 Otsugawa dolls
Okkawa ningyo オッカワニンギョウ .

Okkawa, a town at the river Otogawa 乙川(おとがわ)- 半田市 Handa town
The reading of the characters varies.

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Ebisu and Daikoku for Good Luck

The tradition started when craftsmen from Fushimi / Kyoto settled in the area.
Sugiura Izaemon 杉浦伊左衛門 was one of the Fushimi craftsmen.
During the Isewan Taifun all was lost, but in the 6th generation
杉浦実 Sugiura Minoru revived the craft of his ancestors.

Many dolls feature themes of the seasonal festivals and Kabuki actors.
They were also used as amulets at Taketoyo Inari Shrine 武豊稲荷.

知多半島の四季を愛する会 Four seasons of the Chita peninsula - Video
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Okkawa "Dashi" Festival
This Sunday it was the "Dashi" Festival in Okkawa - small town near Nagoya. This is a very dangerous festival to carry floats up and down the hill. Young men who take the first position of a steersman can merry the most beautiful girl in Okkawa area. Of course now it's only a tradition, but the men are fighting for the important place as it was long time ago. The clothes which everybody in town wears on this day is hundred years old (literally). They don't wash it so it does not bleach.
The Dashi's (floats) are extremely beautiful.
They have such a fine chasing that you can admire it for hours. On the top of them there is a place for performance of karakuri mechanical dolls which is very strange for the western eyes and even more strange for the ears.
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. maneki neko 招き猫 Manekineko beckoning cat .


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Fukusuke 福助貯金玉 Fukusuke as a piggy bank

. Fukusuke 福助 - Introduction .

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taikomochi dooji 太鼓持ち童子 child with a drum


. komori 子守 / 子守り taking care of a baby .

. Taira no Atsumori 平敦盛 .


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. gangu 玩具 omochcha おもちゃ toy, toys .
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