Monday, August 20, 2012

kokeshi dolls

On vacation! Here's a day trip photo dump, part one.
A few weeks ago, Hubs and I went on a trip to a Kokeshi doll museum. Kokeshi dolls are unique to the Tohoku region. Each family that creates them has their own signature style, which is really neat. The dolls are very quintessential Japanese. 

We toured the grounds of the Kokeshi museum, ate a tasty lunch and ice cream, then went inside and painted our own dolls to take home. Hubs and I also picked up a couple apples, which were the juiciest, tastiest things!

This guy was hanging out front of one of the stores. Not sure what the sign said, but Hubs bought some tasty pistachio cookie/cracker type things inside. 

Along the grounds, there was a bizarre taxidermy set-up. The other side contained old electronics. Not really sure of the connection, or the reason, but interesting nonetheless.

Hubs and I enjoyed some photo ops at the various cutouts!

There were a bunch of pretty lanterns about, very typical Japanese. 

Hubs and a giant Kokeshi doll lantern.

Nebuta-type float on display inside the building. 

Inside the Kokeshi store where we painted the dolls.

Hub's doll in progress.

My doll in progress.

The museum and doll painting was a really nice start to our day. Afterward, we took a trip out to Inakadate Town to see rice paddy art. Post coming up on that Wednesday. What have you been up to this summer?


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