Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Edo Ishogi Ningyo

Edo Ishogi Ningyo Photo

We have developed a technique to breathe new life.
As seen in Hina dolls in the Puppet Festival and Boys’ May Festival dolls in the Boys’ Festival, a culture of presenting dolls has been handed down in Japan as a form of prayer for children’s growth and health. While Hina dolls were toys for court nobles in the 8th through 12th centuries, they became popular among the general population in the 17th century, developing into IshogiNingyo (costumed dolls). In the manufacturing processes of the Edo IshogiNingyo tradition reflecting this history, craftsmen totally devote themselves to every aspect of the work of animating dolls. Whether a doll makes a soft or strong impression is determined by the base-making process – carving eyes, nose and mouth into expressions as if it were a human being, a cutting process following insertion of glass eyes, and the process for opening eyelids and adjusting eye distance. With rouge applied, the dolls have the appearance of being warm and alive, and they are instantly animated after being posed as deformed human beings. Searching for beauty in the everyday life, a craftsman sometimes be inspired by a girl walking on the street. You are attracted by the doll as if eye contact were a fateful encounter. That is because a real life resides in the doll.
Tokyo Hina dolls Manufacturing Association
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