2012  Jun 10th ´

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Yufuin Cat Items

Yufuin Cat Items – A Great Souvenir

Are you planning a trip to Japan? Do you have friends in Japan who offered to send you something? Don’t know what to get? Then I (...)

2012  May 14th ´

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Cherry blossoms in Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture in early May

Spring in Japan: My trips in 2012

Spring in Japan is one of my favorite times to travel! I just came back from a 9 days vacation (Golden Week) a while ago. In (...)

2012  Jan 29th ´

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maneki neko figure

Maneki Neko figure

Today I want to introduce “Maneki neko figures” to you as they’re very popular in Japan. I love cats and it breaks my heart that I (...)

2011  Dec 17th ´

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Japanese Year of the Tiger figures

Year of the Tiger figures

As we’re approaching the end of the year, it’s time to stock up on items for the new year here in Japan! All around me are (...)

2011  Dec 8th ´

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Akabeko - Red Cow of Aizu

Akabeko: Red Cow of Aizu

Akabeko (赤べこ) is a traditional toy from the Aizu region in Fukushima Prefecture. The toy is made from two pieces of papier-mâché-covered wood, shaped and painted (...)

2011  Dec 2nd ´

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Small Japanese Taiko Drum

Japanese Taiko Drums

Have you ever heard of Japanese taiko drums? Literally translated taiko (太鼓) means “great (big/fat) drum”. Nowadays taiko performances are quite famous even outside of Japan. (...)

2011  Nov 26th ´

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Japanese Geisha / Kyoto doll

Kyoto Geisha Doll

I bet a lot of you have been to Kyoto or want to go there some day. As you might know Kyoto is famous for its (...)

2011  Nov 21st ´

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12 Japanese / Chinese Zodiac Animal Figure Set

12 Japanese zodiac figures

Today I want to introduce another treasure of mine: Figures of all 12 Japanese zodiac animals Actually, the title is not exactly right as those zodiacs (...)

2011  Nov 13th ´

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japanese seals

Temple and Shrine seal book

You have probably seen a temple and shrine seal book already, but you were not sure what exactly it is? Trust me when I say you’re (...)