Chuo Cinema, Sangenjaya is the perfect place to chill out after a long day. Tucked away behind the main street it is easily missed, but I am so glad I found it.
There are no premieres here I am afraid. Usually, films that have just been released for rental are shown.
But, the film adds up to only half of the reason to visit.
Traditional kokeshi ningyo are Japanese dolls with a colourful history and controversial reputation.
They have been associated with miscarried babies and infanticide. They were guardians of children and keepers of their souls. Today, the word kokeshi is even used as a sexual innuendo.
Kokeshi were originally souvenirs for Japanese tourists and offered entertainment to children. However, they developed into something much more. The dolls are fascinating, shocking, sad or mundane depending on the perspective.