Hina Dolls at Meguro Gajoen–all kinds of traditions at once

This time of year in Japan, displays of Hina dolls are ubiquitous. Historically the third day of the third month is Girl's Day (while the fifth day of the fifth month--now the Children's Day public holiday--was Boy's Day). The traditional observation of Girl's Day included displays of Hina dolls--dolls depicting a king, queen and courtiers … Continue reading Hina Dolls at Meguro Gajoen–all kinds of traditions at once

Ninja: spies with secrets and cool moves

Ninja! Black-garbed fighters stealing through the darkness to engage in acts of espionage and subterfuge, combined with acrobatic fighting.  Like many stereotypical images, this is an over-generalization that misses many of subtle aspects of these "warriors in the shadows". Nonetheless, Ninja are somewhat romantic figures and it's fun to search out traces of these Edo-period … Continue reading Ninja: spies with secrets and cool moves