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Japanese traditional dolls
There are many types of traditional dolls in Japan. There have been manufactured since very early days of Japanese culture. They are some examples of Japanese famous dolls.
Kokeshi dolls have been made from 150 years ago, and are from Northern Honshu (main island) of Japan. They were originally made as toys for children of farmers. They have no arms or legs, but a large head and cylindrical body, representing little girl. From a simple toy, it has become a famous Japanese crafts, and now recognized as souvenirs for tourists.
Daruma is a spherical doll with red body and white face without pupils. It represents a priest who founded Zen about 1500 years ago. Daruma doll is a charm to bring good fortune and fortitude to accomplish your goals. Fill in one eye when you make a goal or wish, the other when your wish is fulfilled. You can make a wish throughout the year, but it is common in Japan to do this typically on New Year's Day.
Bisque dolls are made of fired clay. Fukuoka is a traditional center of the manufacture of bisque dolls, and its Hakata ningyo are famous throughout Japan.
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