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 when tipped over, demonstrate the fortitude of the Fukushima people and illustrate Japan’s efforts to rebuild from the devastation of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Some of the dolls were painted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Shinji Kagawa, a member of Japan’s national soccer team, and Frances Osborne, the wife of the British finance minister.

The display was unveiled Monday and will run until Friday. Later this month, the dolls will go on display at another Japan-related event in London and then sent to Fukushima for public display there.