I got this cute little ceramic miniature clogs from the shop at the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo this past March. This pair is a product of Arita-yaki, one of the famous porcelain wares in Japan. Since this is such a little miniature, the price is quite reasonable for Arita-yaki. Then I just wondered why they made a miniature of Japanese clogs. There must be some reason for it. I saw a small card behind the clogs. See, it had its own meaning. The card says,"Put this pair on the shoe board at your house entrance then more friends will come to visit you." It's a good luck charm! There were some more explanations about this miniature clogs. It said that originally it has been used as a charm that small children and aging people won't fall down and hurt themselves. I liked the idea so much. I thought it would make a nice souvenir for my husband mother. So this pair is now on the shoe board at our home. Speaking of a good luck charm, we have many other charms in our culture and might be interesting to know each story.
Do you have any good charms in your culture? What is your favorite?
these are more pictures from the online shop.