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)

Promotional video (6 episodes)

Exhibition leaflet (EN) (PDF:6.84MB)

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  • March 4 - March 25, 2023
    The Japan Foundation, Yangon (Yangon, Myanmar)
  • 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)

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
Collector figure
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(c) 川原 礫/アスキー・メディアワークス/SAO Project

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