Kokeshi Dolls

I recently saw a program (in Japanese unfortunately) about Japanese Kokeshi Dolls and despite not being a Doll person, I became fascinated with this traditional Doll. In Kinugawa yesterday at a small local shop with a beautiful collection of Kokeshi Dolls and ended up buying one.. Kokeshi  are handmade wooden dolls, traditionally from Northern Japan.  They are… Read More Kokeshi Dolls


Nattō is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented Soybeans .  It is often eaten for breakfast, but also other meals.  To say it is an acquired taste is a bit of an understatement, but I’d put it in the same category as blue cheese, Vegemite, marmite and other strong, pungent smelling foods that can be off-putting just by their smell.   Natto… Read More Natto