Kawaii Fashion

Anyone who is casually aware of Japanese culture knows that “cute” or kawaii is one of its main asthetics. Kawaii finds its way into almost every part of Japanese life, from city mascots to toilet bowl cleaners. Kawaii fashion is a style popular with younger girls, stemming from their childhood when mothers practically compete to…

Sarubobo

Sarubobo is a common sight around Gifu Prefecture as it is a symbol of the Takayama area of Gifu. It is a doll traditionally fashioned from red cloth and no face that was made for local children to play with. While vaguely human in shape, sarubobo literally means “monkey baby” and the lack of a…

Miko

Miko are young girls working at Shinto shrines, usually in menial positions selling charms or cleaning the grounds. They are easily recognizable by their white haori jacket,┬áred hakama pants and ribbons in their hair. The modern miko is likely just a university student working a part-time job, but historically, miko were much more involved in…