It seemed to be the mascot of the town.
This was my second visit to Takayama after about 20 years and I do not remember seeing this doll last time, so probably it started recently.
I looked into it and found that it was listed as a trademark of Hida area in 2007.
But the design itself is old.
The mothers and grandmothers of this region have been making this doll for their children for a very long time, hoping for their health.
Sarubobo means monkey baby and the red was used because it was supposed to fend off smallpox.
These dolls usually do not have a face.
I do not know if the mothers hoped for the children to develop their imagination, but I am sure they certainly had this effect.
This reminded me of a doll my mother made for my little sister when she was a baby.
It was a simple thing, an empty tin wrapped with a cloth, but my sister loved it and carried it around everywhere.
By the way, when we were tired walking around the town and went into a cafe, we found a couple who seemed Chinese were smoking at the table next to us.
I was very surprised to see that.
In England, smoking has been banned indoors in public places for a long time, so it looked so strange for me.
[ Mar.2016 ]