I think Japanese Kokeshi dolls are the THE SWEETEST. You can find some lovelies at this Etsy shop. You know if you’ve been hanging with me for awhile about my great love for all-things-Japanese. Not sure why exactly, I’ve been entranced with everything Asian inspired since I was a little girl. Maybe helped along by living in Hawaii, I don’t know. At any rate, I really can’t get enough!
I picked up ‘Yumi’ by Annelore Parot awhile back and was saving it to give to Julia on Children’s Day. I’d had my eye on this book and also ‘Kimonos’ by Miss Annelore for quite some time. After much agonizing, I got ‘Yumi’ instead of ‘Kimonos’ simply because I thought Julia would like the pictures of the pets, but it was a tough, tough decision to make. (And check out her other books!)
Lots of flaps to lift and peek-thru pictures…my favorite picture in the whole book did not photograph well (beautiful carp kites hanging from a tree and the carp are individually cut out so that they flutter on the tree, SO AWESOME; I was crushed not to be able show it to you.) You’re gonna have to take my word that it’s fab.
The book is the prefect complement to these little Kokeshi dolls that we have. The one with pink hair is named ‘Strawberry Peach’. The little one is named Eraser Girl, because she is a tiny eraser. Ok I just named her that just now.
They are having a little strawberry milk snack. Also an eraser. Might taste a bit rubbery.
(You can find Momiji Kokeshi Dolls here, they run about $12 each. This is the line where our pink haired doll came from. They have Hello Kitty dolls too! This set of 6 Japanese eraser Kokeshi dolls goes for $6. And if you love erasers or tiny play food, I found a TON of food shaped erasers.)
I’d love to pick up this paper Kokeshi dool craft kit from Djeco – I think Julia’s fine motor might be not quite ready for this – but I’m thinking I should pick one up while they are still around and just save them until she’s ready… IT’S ALWAYS BEST TO BE PREPARED, I say.
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