Talking dolls seen as salve for elderly isolation

Jul 16, 2014

Talking dolls seen as salve for elderly isolation

Talking dolls are gaining popularity among elderly people who live alone and may help stave off mental decline. “After spending about a month with this boy, I started to feel affection for him and cannot leave him alone,” said Nobu Komatsu, 86, who lives ...

Self-righting Fukushima dolls on display at U.K. Parliament

Jul 8, 2014

Self-righting Fukushima dolls on display at U.K. Parliament

Sixty-six traditional tumble dolls from Fukushima Prefecture are on display inside Britain’s Houses of Parliament, several of them the work of celebrity designers. The event was organized by a group of Fukushima expatriates living in Britain. They say the “okiagari-koboshi” dolls, which right themselves ...

Aug 6, 2013

Citizens urge museum to keep A-bomb dolls

A growing number of citizens are against the planned removal from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum of three dolls modeled after victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of the city. The city said earlier this year that it would no longer exhibit the dolls ...

Diamond-studded Licca-chan doll to go on display

Jun 26, 2013

Diamond-studded Licca-chan doll to go on display

A special Licca-chan doll, decorated with ¥100 million worth of diamonds, will be displayed at the Doll Exhibition at Saga Prefectural Museum in the city of Saga from July 20 to Sept. 16. The Fancy Diamond Licca-chan, the luxury version of the popular Licca-chan ...

Off pedestal, Hina dolls take up 'ordinary' life

Feb 21, 2013

Off pedestal, Hina dolls take up 'ordinary' life

Traditionally, the dolls at the annual March 3 doll festival are displayed in tiers. But those currently on exhibit in Gujo, Gifu Prefecture, are acting out ordinary human activities, from drinking to washing. Some are even playing soccer. The unique “performances” of some 2,000 ...