The Dolls of Japan: Shapes of Prayer, Embodiments of Love

This exhibition introduces Japan’s representative dolls, including Hina ningyo (Girls’ Festival dolls) and Gogatsu ningyo (Boys’ Day dolls), which have their origins in ancient customs; dolls connected to traditional performing arts like noh, bunraku and kabuki; regional dolls from throughout the country; and “creative dolls” produced by contemporary craftspeople.

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September 29 - October 22, 2017
Dnipropetrovsk Art Museum (Dnipro, Ukraine)

August 25 - September 17, 2017
National Museum of the History of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)

July 12 - August 28, 2017
Penang State Museum (Penang, Malaysia)

July 12 - August 9, 2017
Instituto Cervantes Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)

May 29 - June 30, 2017
Sabah Art Gallery (Sabah, Malaysia)

April 17 - May 18, 2017
Museum Petaling Jaya (Selangor, Malaysia)

March 10 - 20, 2017
National Institute of Fine Arts, Show Room (Vientiane, Laos)

February 25 - March 26, 2017
GERDUBERG CULTURE CENTRE (Reykjavik, Iceland)

January 27 - February 10, 2017
Ahmedabad Management Association (Ahmedabad, India)

December 10 - 25, 2016
Nehru Children's Museum (Kolkata, India)

November 14 - 26, 2016
Lalit Kala Akademi (Chennai, India)

October 14 - November 4, 2016
The Japan Foundation, New Delhi (New Delhi, India)

October 4 - Decemmber 28, 2016
The Japan Cultural Institute in Rome (Rome, Italy)

August 16 - September 9, 2016
Malay Technology Museum (Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei)

July 10 - 23, 2016
Public institution Museums and Galleries of Podgorica (Podgorica, Montenegro)

June 23 - July 19, 2016
Lotte Gallery, Daejeon (Daejeon, South Korea)

June 15 - July 4, 2016
Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade (Belgrade, Republic of Serbia)

June 14 - 19, 2016
Jeju Students Cultural Center (Jeju, South Korea)

May 11 - 27, 2016
Silk Gallery, Public Information and Cultural Center Embassy of Japan in Seoul, Korea (Seoul, South Korea)

April 15 - 30, 2016
Pohang Culture & Art Center (Pohang, South Korea)

April 7 - June 5, 2016
Maribor Regional Museum (Maribor, Slovenia)

Photo of Japanese doll 1
Fuji musume

Photo of Japanese doll 2
Oiran

Photo of Japanese doll 3
Kintaro

Photo of Japanese doll 4
Ishogi, Shinno-kazari

Photo of Japanese doll 5
Uijin, Toko-kazari

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