January 01, 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Tanakaya Doll Shop, Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto
Nikon D700 Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8

2018 is the year of the Dog. During the Heian era (平安時代) dog-shaped boxes called inubako (犬筥) were used by the nobility as a charm to ease childbirth. This figure eventually became very popular during the Edo period in the form of papier mache dogs (犬張子, inu hariko). These talismans were used to protect infants and small children.

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