The unique exhibition "Ningyo" will present the art and beauty of Japanese dolls

Japanese Dolls "Dairi Bina"

The Embassy of Japan and the Archaeological Museum will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between Japan and North Macedonia with the unique exhibition entitled "Ningyo", which will be opened on March 26 and will last until March XNUMX this year.

Dolls are an indispensable part of people's everyday life, but it can be said that the variety and delicate craftsmanship combined with deep love are characteristic of dolls in Japanese culture.

The Ningyo exhibition will present a comprehensive introduction to Japanese dolls, from Katashiro and Amagatsu, considered the archetypes of Japanese dolls, to local dolls that reflect the climate and anecdotes of the entire country, as well as today's toy dolls that are appreciated throughout the world. world.

Ningyo means "doll" or "human form" in Japanese and the doll culture, which has been cultivated over the years in Japan, will be presented at the Archaeological Museum with 67 carefully selected dolls divided into four categories: "Ningyo for Prayer of Child Development" , "Ningyo Art", "Ningyo Folklore" and "The Spread of Ningyo Culture".


Momotaro is a Japanese folktale hero who is said to have been born from a peach and when he grew up he went to the island of the Ogres accompanied by a dog, a monkey and a pheasant to recover the treasure that the Ogres had stolen. In his left hand, Momotaro holds kibi dango cookies for the dog, monkey, and pheasant, who have agreed to come with him. The designer of the doll is Matsuzaki Koiko.

King Jimu

Emperor Jimu was the first emperor of Japan. The doll depicts the legend before he became king, when in a battle with his enemies, a shining golden hawk landed on his spear and blinded his enemies, giving him victory. The doll is part of Japan's history. The designer of the doll is Mochizuki Reikou.


Kokeshi are wooden dolls from the Tohoku region, in northeastern Japan. They are known for having no limbs and are extremely simplified versions of the human form. It is said that these dolls were originally created in the hot spring areas around 150 years ago. Loved for their simple design, they began to be bought as gifts by visitors to the hot springs and were very popular with girls. There are more than 11 styles of kokeshi and each one has a different pattern drawn on the head and body. Designers of the dolls are Abe Kunitoshi, Takahashi Shoko, Inoue Harumi.

Collectible figurine

Collectible figurines represent popular characters from games and animations. It's actually very difficult to recreate these characters, who are two-dimensional, three-dimensionally in a way that will appeal to fans. Japan has several manufacturers of these figures with advanced manufacturing facilities. These producers are often the first to create the characters of new Japanese animations and games to meet the expectations of fans around the world. The sculptor of the doll is Tokunaga Hironori. (Source: Japanese Embassy)

The exhibition is organized by the Japan Foundation, the Archaeological Museum and the Embassy of Japan with the support of the Ministry of Culture of North Macedonia.

(The text was published in "Cultural Press" number 219, in the printed edition of the newspaper "Sloboden Pechat" on 24-25.02.2024)

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