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5/19/2011

. Saitama Folk Toys

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Saitama Folk Art - 埼玉県

Most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo.


. Nakasendoo 中山道 The Nakasendo Road .

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Central and Northern Saitama

okino san おきのさん Okino Deity
okinu san おきぬさん "silk deity" / okiyo san おきよさん



Deity to watch over the kitchen and hearth of a farmhouse in Northern and Central Saitama.The simple figure is made of paper. It is said to be an incarnation of a snake. This deity also watches over the silk worms.
Some are made with leftover pieces of material and torn paper from paper sliding doors and other useless things in a farmhouse.
The face was not painted, but lately some have eyes or a mouth and even some lipstick.
During the New Year, old torn figures were floated down the river and new ones made for the Shelf of the Gods or a place near the kitchen sink, where the housewife could say her prayers every day.
source : www.kumagaya-bunkazai.jp

- - - - - Okino san is a kind of :
. anesama ningyoo 姉様人形 "elder sister" dolls .

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Arashiyama Kijin jinja 嵐山町鬼鎮神社
Shrine Kijin jinja at Arashiyama

. oni no ema 鬼の絵馬 votive tablets of demons
kanabo no omamori 金棒のお守り demon stick amulet .



. Mukai Tengu 向い天狗 Tengu facing each other .
ema votive tablet

*** Bushuu Kamioka no ema

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Chichibu town 秩父市

Chichibu matsuri no dashi 秩父祭の山車
festival floats from the Chichibu festival

. Chichibu Night Festival (Chichibu Yomatsuri 秩父夜祭)

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Gyoda 行田

. tabi 足袋 Tabi from Gyoda . *FB


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Hannoo town 飯能市 Hanno



Daruma and other dolls
marukibori ningyoo 丸木彫り人形 plain woodcarving dolls


. Tennoozan Takedera Somin Shoorai 天王山竹寺蘇民将来
Somin Shorai Amulet from temple Takedera



gedoo 外道 "different deity"
(not from Buddhism)

also lion dance figures from Hanno
source : hannou_shishimai

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Goseki ward of Urawa 浦和市 五関

Goseki hariko 五関張子 papermachee dolls from Goseki



They have been made since the early Meiji period but later came into decline.
Mostly Daruma san or a person carrying Daruma, tiger with wiggeling head and human figures.
Many have a shining luster finish.


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Hidaka town 日高市


天下大将軍 / 地下女将軍
Two deities from Korea

Koma jinja no shoogun hyoo 高麗神社の将軍標 memorials for Korean Deities
(Korea Shrine)

. Koma Shrine 高麗神社 .

. kideko, ki deko 木でこ head made from wood / Ootomo ningyoo 大友人形 Otomo dolls . - Beppu, Oita
and - 朝鮮の将軍標 shogunhyo dolls from Korea

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. O-Saru Sama お猿様 Honoarble Mister Monkey .
Hagihiyoshi jinja no saru 萩日吉神社の猿 monkey from shrine Hagi Hiyoshi Jinja.

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Higashi Matsuyama 東松山市
temple Myooanji 妙安寺
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Bushuu Kamioka no ema 武州上岡の絵馬 votive tablets from temple Myoan-Ji
Each year on February 19th there is a special market to sell these ema. People from all over the Kanto, who have any connection to horses or horse riding region come to buy them.
The temple is also called "Horse-headed Kannon of Kamioka" 上岡の馬頭観音 and is one of the three great Horse-Headed Kannon temples of Kanto.
In olden times, when horses were important for transportation, this deity was venerated.

. Horseheaded Kannon (Batoo Kannon 馬頭観音) .

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Iwatsuki town 岩槻市

mukai tengu ema 迎い天狗絵馬 votive tablet with two tengu goblins

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Kasukabe town 春日部市

. Kasukabe Hariko 春日部張子 Papermachee dolls



source : folkcraft.samurai47.com

toonasu nezumi 唐茄子鼠(とうなすねずみ)
Funado Hariko papermachee dolls 舟渡の張子

A mouse comes out of a pumpkin, with its head wiggeling.

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Kawagoe town 川越市

. Kawagoe Daruma 川越だるま

. Kita-In Daruma Market 川越喜多院



Tengu koma 天狗独楽 spinning top with a Tengu

. Tengupedia - 天狗ペディア - Tengu ABC-List .


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Koonosu town 鴻巣市 Konosu

. Ko no Su Daruam Dolls 鴻巣達磨 .
..... including
..... akamono, aka mono 赤もの red things (for good luck)
..... nerimono 練り物 "twisted" clay dolls
..... shoobu taichi 菖蒲太刀 iris sword
..... aka Tenjin 赤天神 red Tenjin sama
..... kuro Tenjin 黒天神 black Tenjin sama
..... kamishimobina, kamishimo hina 裃雛
..... kosei bina 古製雛 old hina dolls



. Akamono - Red things from Aizu, Fukushima .

. donkorogoma どんころ独楽 Donkoro spinning top for gambling .
with the "Akamono"
komusoo 虚無僧 Komuso begging monk and Saigyoo 西行 the poet Saigyo .


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Koshigaya town 越谷市

. Koshigaya Daruma 越谷だるま .
... Koshigaya Daruma 越谷だるま(武州だるま)
... goshiki Daruma 五色だるま Daruma in five colors
... Fuji Musume 藤娘
... Benkei 釣鐘弁慶
... tako 蛸三番 octopus dancing the Sanbaso 三番叟
. ... inu hariko 犬張り子 papermachee dog .

Funawatashi no hariko 船渡の張り子 Funawatashi papermachee dolls
Funado 船渡 is another reading.



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Edo Komono Gangu 江戸小物玩具 small toys from Edo

Funawatashi no tenjin 船渡の天神 Tenjin sama *

Koshigaya danbina 越谷段雛 hina dolls

nerimono 練り物 "twisted" clay dolls


. shirako hatobue しらこ鳩笛 / 白子鳩笛 white pidgeon flute .


. Sunahara Hariko 砂原張子 papermachee dolls from Sunahara .

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tako 凧, oogi tako (oogidako) 扇凧 kite like a hand fan
from 富士見市 Fujimi town and 川越 Kawagoe
Since the end of the Edo period.

They have an auspicious form of 末広がりで縁起 "suehirogari" opening up good luck for a long time.



Many farming families made these kites in the winter time to earn some extra money.
Now Fujimi has a perservation group for these kites 郷土民芸扇だこのつくりかた.

Together with the Daruma kites from Kawagoe they are now well loved.




. hand fan (oogi 扇 - uchiwa 団扇) .

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tsurushi mono 吊るし物 * from Saitama


. Watoonai 和唐内 / 和藤内 Watonai dolls .


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Urawa town 浦和市

. Gokan no hariko 五関の張り子 papermachee dolls .
Igarashi Kenji  五十嵐健二


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. Reference and Photos . Gangu Guide .

. Reference and Photos . Asahi Narumi .

. Reference and Photos . Yama no Ie . Folk Toys .
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. WASHOKU . Regional Dishes from Saitama

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