Japanese Dolls

Welcome! This is a blog about traditional Japanese dolls, including kokeshi, kimekomi dolls, hakata dolls, and washi dolls, among others. There doesn't seem to be much information regarding these dolls on Tumblr, so I'm sharing images and information about them here. Additionally, I'll sometimes post pictures of the dolls I'm working on here. Enjoy! :-D
A set of cute chirimen decorations for Otsukimi (the moon-viewing festival). Chirimen crafts are often associated with Kyoto.

A set of cute chirimen decorations for Otsukimi (the moon-viewing festival). Chirimen crafts are often associated with Kyoto.

(Source: m.flickr.com)

A hariko inu (papier mache dog figure) carrying hand drums on its back.

A hariko inu (papier mache dog figure) carrying hand drums on its back.

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A Tsugaru ejiko kokeshi.

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A Tsugaru ejiko kokeshi.

A Shimotsuke washi doll made by Japanese-Australian artist Masumi Hiraga Jackson. Shimotsuke dolls originated in Tochigi Prefecture and are one of the most well-known types of washi dolls. This particular doll represents Tomoe Gozen, a famous samurai woman.

A Shimotsuke washi doll made by Japanese-Australian artist Masumi Hiraga Jackson. Shimotsuke dolls originated in Tochigi Prefecture and are one of the most well-known types of washi dolls. This particular doll represents Tomoe Gozen, a famous samurai woman.

(Source: museumvictoria.com.au)

A katsura ningyo (wig doll) with six wigs decorated with chirimen, shibori, and paper ornaments. In the mid-20th century, dolls such as the one pictured above were commonly purchased as souvenirs by visitors to Japan.

A katsura ningyo (wig doll) with six wigs decorated with chirimen, shibori, and paper ornaments. In the mid-20th century, dolls such as the one pictured above were commonly purchased as souvenirs by visitors to Japan.

(Source: museumofplay.org)

A Hakata doll in a Heian era costume.

A Hakata doll in a Heian era costume.

A neat little video showing the production of Matsukawa daruma, which are made in Sendai.

A Tsuyazaki ningyo warrior from Fukushima Prefecture.

A Tsuyazaki ningyo warrior from Fukushima Prefecture.

(Source: e-fukutsu.com)

An adorable creative kokeshi with pigtails.

An adorable creative kokeshi with pigtails.

(Source: m.flickr.com)