Doll makers decry USJ's use of traditional dolls in haunted house

National Oct 19, 2016

Doll makers decry USJ's use of traditional dolls in haunted house

An association of Japanese doll manufacturers has expressed its displeasure with Universal Studios Japan, in Osaka, saying the American film studio theme park is tarnishing the image of traditional dolls by using them in a haunted house attraction. The Tokyo-based group said Tuesday it sent ...

Well hello, dollies: Hina Matsuri 2016

Life Mar 3, 2016

Well hello, dollies: Hina Matsuri 2016

In the run-up to Hina Matsuri (Girl's Day), people traditionally display "hina" dolls at home — and, it is believed, they must be taken down by March 4 to prevent a late marriage. The centuries-old tradition has both persevered and evolved. Here's how it ...

Fukuoka awash with hina dolls and hidden temples

Travel Mar 14, 2015

Fukuoka awash with hina dolls and hidden temples

by Mandy Bartok

My daughter, having a little girl's predilection for princesses, turns out to be an excellent spotter of kids in kimono. "Look Mama, another one!" she whispers to me and my friend Elaine excitedly, as we make our way down the back alleys of Yanagawa, a ...

Kennedy thanks woman who gave 'hina' doll set to her father

National Feb 26, 2015

Kennedy thanks woman who gave 'hina' doll set to her father

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on Thursday thanked by letter an elderly woman who decades ago sent a set of traditional "hina" dolls to her father, President John F. Kennedy. The donor, former grocer Tsuyako Matsumoto, 92, now lives in a nursing home in Kitami, Hokkaido ...

Talking dolls seen as salve for elderly isolation

National 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 by ...