Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the Japanstore.jp magazine, we only set up our magazine a short while ago and it has been an amazing experience until now. As such we really hope all of our readers have enjoyed reading our […]

Gosho Ningyo Dolls (Palace Dolls) – 1200 years of Japanese History

By Itske Stern, edited by Michael Sullivan Gosho ningyo [御所人形] or palace dolls, have been around since the Heian era (794-1192). They were used to celebrate many events, such as the birth of first born sons and other events that were important. Starting in the eighteenth century, the Imperial Court of Kyoto gave these dolls […]