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

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

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 ...

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 by ...

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 doll ...

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 Hina ...