inu hariko

A vintage Japanese New Year postcard for the year of the dog. An inu-hariko (folk dog doll) shown from above, which has protective powers, particularly for young children and expectant mothers.

Text and image via Blue Ruin 1 on Flickr


An inu-hariko is a charming folk toy from Japan: a little painted dog usually made of papier mâché. My friend wanted a teensy one for her doll collection after falling for a full-sized one at an antique store, so here he is. She needs to give him a good name, and I need to take some shots of him with his new little mistresses. (sculpey, wire, floss, coral bead)