Horse dolls of Japan, part 1: Miharu-goma

A friend from Himeji was clearing out the cupboards in her old family house in Aioi and put aside a few things she thought I might be interested in. Amongst the pile was a pair of old  white wooden horses (chagu chagu umako) from Morioka city in Iwate prefecture. How delightful they are!

Chagu-chagu umako horse dolls

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Kubi ningyo – clay dolls on a wood stick

Kubi-ningyo doll pair
Kubi-ningyo doll pair

What a fierce  (humorous?) looking pair of dolls!   Knowing absolutely nothing about them, I bought them some months ago at the Shitennoji temple market in Osaka….

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