In mid-November, I attended the Kokeshi Festival in Koenji (southwestern Tokyo).  Many vintage doll collections were for sale, as well as modern items with kokeshi doll designs, such as, tenugui, letter sets, pochi bukuro (mini envelopes), t-shirts, etc.So many cute products are now produced with kokeshi designs; of course, paper goods, like stationery sets, but…

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Every March 3rd, Japanese households with daughters and retail shops display ornate dolls made from paper, clay, wood, porcelain, and cloth in honor of Doll Festival or Girls’ Day. In late February through March 3rd, doll collections passed from mother to daughter for many generations are unpacked, dusted off and set out on multilevel platforms. Depending…

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NYC was wonderful in so many ways.  At the National Stationery Show, I reconnected with some favorite customers and it was great to see familiar faces.  Oblation recently requested these kites, which, in the frenzy of selling paper in sheets, I sometimes forget about…. These ARE really special; they feel like a new arrival.  Or…

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