Cultural, Tochigi Prefecture

Kokeshi Dolls

I recently saw a program (in Japanese unfortunately) about Japanese Kokeshi Dolls and despite not being a Doll person, I became fascinated with this traditional Doll. In Kinugawa yesterday at a small local shop with a beautiful collection of Kokeshi Dolls and ended up buying one.. Kokeshi  are handmade wooden dolls, traditionally from Northern Japan.  They are armless and legless and a…

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Tochigi Prefecture, Tourist attractions

Tobu World Square

Tobu World Square is a theme park in Kinugawa Onsen, Nikkō, Tochigi, Japan. There are over 100 miniature  1:25 scale models of famous buildings from around the world including UNESCO World Cultural and Heritage Sites, The site is complete with more than 20,000 Bonsai trees and over 140,000 little people engaged in all sorts of activities. People are sightseeing, carrying…

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Japanese food


Nattō is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented Soybeans .  It is often eaten for breakfast, but also other meals.  To say it is an acquired taste is a bit of an understatement, but I’d put it in the same category as blue cheese, Vegemite, marmite and other strong, pungent smelling foods that can be off-putting just by their smell.   Natto has the added bonus of…

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