Shimoura Bentenkai - Clay doll, "Yamanba"


Introducing the "Yamanba" – a mystical mountain witch from Japanese folklore. It symbolizes the importance of cherishing and nurturing children.

Each doll is hand painted and have unique characteristics.

  • Sold separately
  • Approximate measurements: 2.3"W x 2.1"D x 3.1"H
  • Material: clay, paper
  • Care instruction: to clean, gently wipe the surface with a dry cloth.
  • Do not hand wash or get 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.