A papier mache prince doll on a horse. This doll was made in Okinawa.
A group of adorable Mojigaseki clay dolls picking and serving tea. These dolls are made in Fukuoka Prefecture.
A hakata doll in a cream-colored kimono. The design on the bottom left side of her kimono is a noshi, which is an auspicious decoration often attached to gifts.
A giant Daruma at the Daruma-ji/ Shorinzan.
This one was way taller than me.
Each of these is a wish come true. You buy the Daruma from the temple, write your dream on it and fill in one eye. If you get what you wished for, you fill in the other eye and bring it back to the temple. They range in price from 2000 yen to upwards of 100,000.
A papier mache Taketa daruma from Oita Prefecture.
astringofmadhousefloozies asked: This might seem like a strange question, but I have a very nice hakata doll that I got a few years ago from a yard sale. If I take pictures of her, would you like to see? You seem like the person who's appreciate her. She's different-looking than the ones you've posted on the blog.
Sure, feel free to send a picture!
You can submit your own pictures of traditional Japanese dolls (and dolls made using traditional methods) right here! Please do so! Thank you! :-D