One of the great things about staying with Marikos parents for a few days, apart from the delicious food and endless kindness,  like flasks of tea each day, kotatsu, but it is also been a little window into a normal Japanese household. Today we did a bit of local site seeing and went to Yanagawa, famous for grilled eel (which is good for power and strength) and Hinamatsuri or the festival of the girls. This is a Sagemon, a very local Yanagawa tradition, which is made for a girl born into the household. It is hand made over the first year and given on the child’s first birthday.


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