In Chinatown in Yokohama the other day, at a shop selling mostly Chinese silk embroidered tops, I came across two of my favorite things in Japan, Fortune Cat (who's beckoning, as in customers into a shop, or good luck and wealth for the family) and Daruma, the Zen Buddhist monk-doll that wards off evil spirits. The guy wanted about $100 for each. I did not buy either. Oh but I wanted to. The Daruma head, he said, was hand carved, an antique, so smooth and solid. Would've made a great bookend. The Fortune Cat is a piggybank. Heavy painted ceramic I think. Ah well. I bought this vintage kimono instead.
Still not sure I made the right choice.