And one 100-related proverb in Japanese, a symbol of long-lasting love, goes like this: omae hyaku made, washa kyuju-ku made, お前百までわしゃ九十九まで - may you (the wife) live 100 years, and I (the husband) 99 years. It is represented by two dolls: "she" is holding a broom, because hyaku 100 is similar in pronunciation to 掃く haku to sweep, and "he" is holding a rake, because the ending of 99, kumade 熊手, means rake. The broom will sweep away all the evil, and the rake will gather a lot of luck. You can see the Takasago Dolls online.
Some photos taken in Morioka, Iwate-ken:
Tarte des demoiselles Tatin - cute French name of a classy shop:
A matcha cake at the Kaitenzushi - matcha is the green tea powder:
A shop in Osaka: