A familiar face

For most of my life, this face has been one of the first to greet me in the morning and one of the last I’ve seen at night. 

She is a kokeshi doll lamp that my mother acquired in the 1950s or ’60s in Saskatchewan. I remember her standing sentinel on my dresser when I was a child, and almost ever since she has dwelt on my dresser or nightstand.

I wonder whether this sweet-faced doll played a role in setting me on the path to appreciating the Japanese aesthetic and culture. We never know where these feelings and connections begin …

What object has accompanied you for your whole life?

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Book cover -- The Same Moon

I wrote about how two years in Japan changed my life in my memoir, The Same Moon.

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