A gogatsu ningyo on a wooden motorcycle. Dolls like this one seem to be becoming popular for Boys’ Day displays. They’re anachronistic and a bit goofy, but that makes them kind of endearing, I think.

A gogatsu ningyo on a wooden motorcycle. Dolls like this one seem to be becoming popular for Boys’ Day displays. They’re anachronistic and a bit goofy, but that makes them kind of endearing, I think.

A cute kimekomi doll for Boys’ Day (May 5). This doll is wearing an origami samurai helmet and holding a koinobori (carp banner), which are closely associated with Boys’ Day celebrations.

Since Boys’ Day is coming up soon, I’ll be posting more gogatsu ningyo, or Boys’ Day dolls, over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

A cute kimekomi doll for Boys’ Day (May 5). This doll is wearing an origami samurai helmet and holding a koinobori (carp banner), which are closely associated with Boys’ Day celebrations.

Since Boys’ Day is coming up soon, I’ll be posting more gogatsu ningyo, or Boys’ Day dolls, over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

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An Usaburo kokeshi decorated with cherry blossoms. Since cherry blossoms bloom in late March or April in most of Japan, this kokeshi represents April in Usaburo’s Hanamonogatari (Flower Tales) collection. This particular kokeshi is made of chestnut and wedding cake tree (yes, that’s the actual name of the tree) wood.

An Usaburo kokeshi decorated with cherry blossoms. Since cherry blossoms bloom in late March or April in most of Japan, this kokeshi represents April in Usaburo’s Hanamonogatari (Flower Tales) collection. This particular kokeshi is made of chestnut and wedding cake tree (yes, that’s the actual name of the tree) wood.

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A hakata doll in a furisode decorated with large red and white plum blossoms.

A hakata doll in a furisode decorated with large red and white plum blossoms.

A hakata doll clad in what appears to be a Kamakura era kimono decorated with auspicious pine, bamboo, and plum designs.

A hakata doll clad in what appears to be a Kamakura era kimono decorated with auspicious pine, bamboo, and plum designs.

A hakata doll dressed in a black hikizuri kimono decorated with cherry blossoms.

A hakata doll dressed in a black hikizuri kimono decorated with cherry blossoms.

A Mataro kimekomi doll holding a letter. She is dressed in a salmon pink chirimen furisode decorated with red and white cherry blossoms.

A Mataro kimekomi doll holding a letter. She is dressed in a salmon pink chirimen furisode decorated with red and white cherry blossoms.

hazedolly:

Shirley 001 by Tartadefresa on Flickr.Shirley Temple with Japanese ichimatsu doll.

hazedolly:

Shirley 001 by Tartadefresa on Flickr.

Shirley Temple with Japanese ichimatsu doll.

A kimekomi Fujimusume doll in a brocade wisteria-patterned kimono.

A kimekomi Fujimusume doll in a brocade wisteria-patterned kimono.

A beautiful maiko doll made by the great Shisui Sekihara. Her hikizuri kimono is decorated with bush clovers, which are late summer motifs.

A beautiful maiko doll made by the great Shisui Sekihara. Her hikizuri kimono is decorated with bush clovers, which are late summer motifs.