Introducing a collection of handcrafted dolls by Mr. Miyawaki! Inspired by traditional dolls from the Edo era, these unique creations are a nod to a bygone era. These dolls were once a popular children's toy, with their paper mache bodies and doll faces adorned with Hiragana characters. Mr. Miyawaki even made 46 different doll faces to match the 46 characters of the Hiragana alphabet. While these two dolls are the only ones available at the moment, they are truly a rare find from a craftsman who hasn't made them in some time!
Hand crafted by Mr. Miyawaki who lives in Beppu in Oita prefecture, which is known for its hot spring village in Kyushu Japan. Each doll is hand painted and have unique characteristics.
- Approximate measurements:
- Green face: 7 1/2" L x 1 1/4" W x 3/4"D
- Brown face: 8 5/8"L x 1 1/4"W x 3/4"D
- Material: clay, paint, bamboo stick
- Care instruction: To clean, gently wipe the surface with a dry cloth.
- Do not wash or get wet.
Mr. Miyawaki lives in Beppu in Oita prefecture, which is known for its hot spring village in Kyushu Japan.
He started his training to become a craftsman when he was in 20s and continued his works for more than 30 years. Mr. Miyawaki says "My master told me I cannot be a real craftsman because I didn’t want to make exactly the same detailed dolls. I still believe having the uniqueness of each doll is more fun and gives more life to the dolls." His works are priced reasonably compared to other folk crafts. He says "I hand built the kiln and I get free wood from my neighbors. I didn’t pay much to make my dolls. I don’t need to make extra money than I need for my everyday life. I think it’s more fun that way!"