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Fushimi Dolls


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Fushimi Dolls
Fushimi dolls are the origin of clay dolls in Japan. There are about 800kinds, including
the Seven Lucky Gods,the 12 animals of the Chinese calendar and Manju-eater.
Fushimi dolls have been produced in the vicinity of Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine since olden times. The vivid primary colours on the dolls portray the wishes and prayers of ordinary folk, while the benevolent expressions depict hopes for the future. It was said that broken dolls returned to the Fushimi soil. Earth is the origin of all kinds of life, and on death the material borrowed for life is given back to it. Today this message seems to be more important than ever. Among the most popular dolls are Hotei-san(one of the Seven Lucky Gods),Manju-eater and the 12 animals of the Chinese calendar. As 1999 is the Year of the Hare, hopefully this year will record a great leap over the obstacles of economic gloom and reform, into a brighter future. * Manju-eater is based on an old tale. A child was asked which of his parents he liked more. In answer, he broke a manju (a bun with a sweet bean filling) into halves and asked which half was more delicious.

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