Shimoura Bentenkai - Clay doll, "Mejirooshi"


Mejiro is a warbling white-eye bird in Japanese. Mejirooshi means bundle or packed. This ornament is a bundle of the warbling white-eye birds and represents a bundle of joy and good fortunes.

Every dolls are hand made and have unique characters.

  • Sold separately
  • Approximate measurements: 2 1/2" W x 1 1/8"H
  • Weight: 2.1 oz
  • Material: clay, paper
  • Care instruction: to clean, gently wipe the surface with a dry cloth.
  • Do not hand wash or make wet.


Clay dolls from Amakusa city in Kumamoto prefecture.  Shimoura-benten-kai has started in 2013 as a group to support local businesses and traditional techniques to create the dolls.  This small town in Amakusa used to be a well known place for clay dolls and has more than 300 years of history. Unfortunately most craftsman have retired but recently a few number of women have volunteered to learn the techniques to create dolls and carry on the tradition.