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

Iwatsuki Ningyo

Iwatsuki Ningyo Photo

These dolls played a large role in the important and lively events of the annual Girl's Day and Boy's Day celebrations in the late Edo period. Iwatsuki Ningyo began in the late Edo period, and by the early Meiji period, these festival dolls were made by farmers in the off season, using techniques borrowed from samurai families that made dolls as a side job, and the resulting dolls began to be produced in a large-scale manner in Iwatsuki, and sold mainly in the Kanto region, becoming a valuable source of supply of the doll tradition. Additionally, in the Meiji era, Iwatsuki dolls expanded production of Boy's May Festival dolls, and the area developed into a valuable doll-producing area preserving the traditions of the Edo period and becoming one of the nations major doll-producing reagions.