Today we have a special guest that will show one of her collections.
If you’re following Laura on Tokyo and Seoul Dreams, you know by now that she is really passionate about Asian culture. That is visible in her dress style and even make-up (you master of eyeliner, you!). Laura describes herself as a “former Anime/Manga addict”, so no wonder she decided to share her Japanese dolls collection with us!
These are not simple toys, they are filled with symbolism. For example, the frog is a symbol of good luck. The Japanese word for frog, kaeru, also means “return”, so these frogs are often carried by travelers, as a reassurance that they’ll return home safely. Laura also has a maneki neko, aka fortune cat, an adorable lucky charm that she bought from a local shop. Doesn’t it have the cutest, happy eyes? ^_^
Then we have Daruma-san, a lucky charm that stands for bravery and trying hard. Every time the doll is knocked down, he will get up and try again. Next to him is the Kokeshi doll, which was a lovely present from Laura’s mom.
Doesn’t this make you want to share your own collection? If it does, all you have to do is contact me!