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Japanese Dog Mask


Those dog masks never cease to fascinate me. This one is located in the tiny museum in the Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu. I can’t remember the details, there must be some noticeable ones if it’s there, at least its age. The day I saw it was my very first visit in the Ritsurin Garden (and my third or fourth day in Japan) and I was still quite a novice in all of those things. The information overload was such that I forgot a lot. A good reason to go back as soon as possible. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Dog Mask”

  1. Neato~ I don’t think I’ve seen masks like these… or at least if I have I didn’t take enough notice.

    I noticed the subtitle of your blog, btw, (” HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND BLOG ABOUT JAPAN”), and felt that it was similar to mine. Or maybe I’m reading into it too much?

    I’m over in Kyushu. Guess we’re neighbours. ^^

    1. Hey welcome here and thanks for stopping by.

      The mask is a New Year’s Dog Mask if I remember correctly, and I think it dates from Edo. As I said I kinda forgot about the details. 🙂

      Don’t read too much into my subtitle, I came up with it one day that I was out of ideas and suddenly thought of Dr. Strangelove for some reason. It may change at any time (as soon as another -hopefully- funny catchphrase pops up in my mind).

      Actually, we’re not neighbors (yet?) as I currently live in France. But if all goes according to plan I will move to Shikoku within the coming year. 🙂


  2. おおおお

    “How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb” or something like that, right? Hahaha, my bad.

    Good luck with the move! If you have any questions about Japan, drop me a line. I’m sure you’ll have at least a few. 🙂

    1. Yep, that’s the quote.
      I already know Shikoku (well at least Kagawa) quite well (my wife’s from there), but if I have any questions, I will ask, thanks.

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