There are various types of traditional dollssome representing children and babies, some the imperial court, warriors and heroes, fairy-tale characters, gods and rarely demons, and also people of the daily life of Japanese cities. Many have a long tradition and are still made today, for household shrines, for formal gift-giving, or for festival celebrations such as Hinamatsurithe doll festival, or Kodomo no HiChildren's Day. Some are manufactured as a local craft, to be purchased by pilgrims as a souvenir of a temple visit or some other trip.
Even to this day in Japan, dolls are not only considered objects of decoration or entertainment, but living creatures as well. An expression of such special behavior is found in the ceremonies of Doll Burial. When the doll's owner must reluctantly throw it away, he takes it to a temple where old and new dolls, both costly and ordinary ones, are piled together.
Japanese dolls are woven into Japanese history and culture in many fascinating ways. What is play? What is a toy?
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Still, you can always "prolong" the experience and enjoy the effects of it more, if bring home some carefully-selected, tasteful bits of the Japanese culture with you. Listed here are 18 such bits to choose from! Image Courtesy of: g-squid.
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