NINGYŌ: Art and Beauty of Japanese dolls

Under the title Ningyō, which means “doll” and “human shape” in Japanese, this exhibition explores the Japanese doll and its culture that have been nurtured in the history and folklore of Japan. The first section introduces the formation of the Japanese doll which originated in rituals and the form of prayers for the healthy growth of children. In the second and third sections, we will introduce “Ningyō as fine art” with artisans’ gorgeous techniques and "Ningyō as folk art," which are made of simple materials and various charming shapes. Finally, in the fourth section, we focus on the diversity of the Japanese doll culture that leads to the present day. We hope you will enjoy the splendid designs of Ningyō as well as discover their historical depth and craftsmanship.
*There are two sets of almost identical contents traveling.

Hayashi Naoteru (Japanese doll culture research institute)
Mita Kakuyuki (Tokyo National Museum)

Exhibition leaflet (EN) (PDF:6.84MB)

2023 first semester Myanmar *TBC

March 1 - 29, 2023
Palace of Justice Cultural Center (Manaus, Brazil)

January 4 - February 12, 2023
Place of Liberty (Curitiba, Brazil)

November 24 - December 11, 2022
Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (Hong Kong, China)

November 28 - December 16, 2022
Cultural and Information Center of the Consulate- General of Japan in Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

October 7 - November 20, 2022
Cidade das Artes (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

September 13 - October 16, 2022
Pingtung Martial Arts Hall (Pingtung country, Taiwan)

July 29 - September 4, 2022
New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum (New Taipei City, Taiwan)

July 27 - September 18, 2022
The Immigration Museum (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

June 10 - 26, 2022
Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum (Hanoi, Vietnam)

May 13 - 29, 2022
Ho Chi Minh City Fines Art Museum (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)

April 20 - May 4, 2022
Hue Fine Arts Museum (Hue, Vietnam)

April 19 - June 17, 2022
Cultural Center of Providencia Cultural Foundation (Santiago, Chile)

February 28 - March 4, 2022
Japan Information & Culture Center, Consulate-General of Japan in Karachi (Karachi, Pakistan)

February 3 - March 13, 2022
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Doizaki Gallery (Los Angeles, U.S.A)

January 11 - 25, 2022
Pakistan Naional Council of Art (Islamabad, Pakistan)

January 14 - 21, 2022
Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan (Washington DC, U.S.A)

November 1 - 27, 2021
Paraguayan Japanese Center for the Development of Human Resources (Asuncion, Paraguay)

November 2 - 18, 2021
Consulate-General of Japan in JEJU (Jeju, Korea)

October 1 - 14, 2021
Embassy of Japan in Korea Silk Hall (Seoul, Korea)

July 29 - October 8, 2021
The Japan Foundation, Toronto (Toronto, Canada)

June 14 - July 5, 2021
Massey University, Wellington Campus (Wellington, New Zealand)

May 10 - 30, 2021
Estuary Arts Centre (Auckland, New Zealand)

April 9 - 30, 2021
Canterbury Museum (Christchurch, New Zealand)

February 18 - March 2, 2021
Turkmenistan Museum of Fine Arts (Ashgabat, Turkmenistan)

October 8 - 31, 2020
Pula Archaeological Museum, Sacred Hearts Gallery (Pula, Croatia)

October 1 - 8, 2020
The Japan Foundation, Toronto (Toronto, Canada)

August 27 - September 27, 2020
Vukovar Municipal Museum (Vukovar, Croatia)

Section 1: Ningyō to pray for children’s growth

photo of  Katashiro

photo of Dairi-bina

Section 2: Ningyō as fine art

photo of Gosho Ningyō: Treasure ship
Gosho Ningyō: Treasure ship

photo of Ishō Ningyō: Fuji Musume (Wisteria maiden)
Ishō Ningyō: Fuji Musume (Wisteria maiden)

Section 3: Ningyō as folk art

photo of Miharu Hariko: Onna Shibaraku
Miharu Hariko: Onna Shibaraku

photo of Shizuoka Anesama
Shizuoka Anesama

Section 4: Spread of Ningyō culture

photo of  Peacefully

photo of
Collector figure
(c) 2009-2018 MAGES./5pb./Nitroplus
(c) 川原 礫/アスキー・メディアワークス/SAO Project

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