Exhibition spotlights Traditional Japanese Dolls
Update: Mar 08, 2013
More than 250 traditional Japanese dolls are on display at the Vietnamese Women's Museum and the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam from March 7-31.

The collection includes pieces sourced from the Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival), with many dressed in kimonos. Others depict characters from the Noh, Kabuki , Hakata and Kokeshi performance traditions, many of which were meticulously hand crafted by skillful Japanese artisans.

The highlight of the event is an installation exhibition of mouse-face "New Year" dolls made by Sathei Itoh, Chairwoman of the Traditional Edo-kimekomi Dolls Saciei-kai and Kimono Cultural Exchange Association.

The making of each doll normally takes about two years to finish. Consequently they not represent great cultural values but also demonstrate the Japanese people's strong spirit, beliefs and patience.

Visitors to the event will be instructed on how to make the dolls, practice Origami, try on Kimono and Yukata, and play with Japanese toys.