Yoshino, Nara, Japan.

Yoshino, Nara, Japan.

Japan

Japan

Jewel-like Japanese Sweets

Jewel-like Japanese Sweets

Maiko Kimika during her sakkou period - when a maiko is in the last stages before becoming a geisha. Kyoto, Japan. May 10, 2009. Text and photography by watanabe san on Flickr. [thank you...

Maiko Kimika during her sakkou period - when a maiko is in the last stages before becoming a geisha. Kyoto, Japan. May 10, 2009. Text and photography by watanabe san on Flickr. [thank you...

Onsen (hot spring) bath at Gora Kadan Ryokan, Hakone, Japan.

Onsen (hot spring) bath at Gora Kadan Ryokan, Hakone, Japan.

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Photo of Yoshiwara courtesan Komurasaki, Taisho period. Japan.

Photo of Yoshiwara courtesan Komurasaki, Taisho period. Japan.

the detail of Japanese Hina doll, wearing Juni-hitoe kimono (12 layers kimono)

the detail of Japanese Hina doll, wearing Juni-hitoe kimono (12 layers kimono)

Japanese deer at Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara, Japan. ☀

Japanese deer at Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara, Japan. ☀

The Festival of Broken Needles, also known as Hari-Kuyo is an annual ceremony held at Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples for sewists, tailors and kimono makers.  Their worn and broken pins and needles, saved throughout the year, are laid to rest, thanked and honored for their faithful service. February 8 - every year.

The Festival of Broken Needles, also known as Hari-Kuyo is an annual ceremony held at Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples for sewists, tailors and kimono makers. Their worn and broken pins and needles, saved throughout the year, are laid to rest, thanked and honored for their faithful service. February 8 - every year.

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