Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hakata Folk Museum - Doll Making

It was Spring in Fukuoka and the weather was chilly around 10 degrees. You will see pretty flowers at every corner of the street. I always feel happy to see beautiful flowers and would offer them in my altar at home. Sometimes I bought 3 pots of blooming chrysanthemum plants in red, yellow and purple to offer them to the heavens!



The Japanese are very good in planting flowers and landscapes!

 



It was a rainy day and we decided to visit the famous street in Hakata. There is a row of neat & traditional cottage museums housing the souvenir shop, doll making and drama plays!





They still carry tourists for short rides on the ancient Japanese 
trishaws in many quaint towns in Japan. 



We entered this doll making factory where the famous craftsman was working on his latest collection. He was silent, very patient and focused into all the pieces in fullest details.




The dolls are very delicate and beautifully painted on the finest porcelain clays. 
Look at the cute cat playing with the lady.





Here's the cabinet display showing a typical street scene of Japanese made into dolls. 
Hakata is the most famous place in Japan for making all these bisque dolls.




I spent a long time studying and admiring all the finest pieces.
 



The cute Japanese girl was also staring at them excitedly.

 


This Doll Making is an ancient art in Japan since the Edo Period (1603 - 1867)




They are nice and expensive to own so I would rather snap 
the photos to keep the memories instead.




Thanks for reading!

67 comments:

  1. Wow, I love this place, always love to visit any kind of making museum, that's always so much to learn inside!

    Guess they're just doing one unique doll only, right? Won't have any repeating?

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    1. They make many similar dolls all the time. I knew you would love this place as you are a creative person.

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  2. I will come back again, now using phone..

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    1. I loves those dolls in the last picture...

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    2. Same same, i always feel happy to see beautiful flowers, too bad i have no fate with planting plants...

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    3. You can plant the flowers on the corridors or marry a gardener!

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  3. The trishaws in front of Sensoji in Asakusa are pulled by university students majoring in sports and fitness. #trivia hihihi

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    1. Thanks for telling me this. It is really something new to me. No wonder they looked so fit and I am sure Mak Glam would ngap them!

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  4. The dolls are so exquisite !!!

    But I'd be like you. Just snap photos enough la. hihihi

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    1. Yes too delicate and very equisite plus very mahal.

      Nice to look at, Nice To hold. Once broken, The Ninja Chops You.... hihihi

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  5. Anay didn't disturb and make silly poses or selfie with the craftsman? LOL

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    1. The man was so silent and serious. Everyone tip toed around in small steps. You want me to die and make silly poses??

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    2. We believe in Anay and his courage to do crazy antics mah! LOL

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  6. Oh they do have the ancient rickshaw, did you take a ride on them?

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    1. Actually its called a rickshaw or jinrikisha in Japanese, or literally, a “human-powered vehicle”.

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    2. Are you a female or male, Indian or Chinese, married?

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    3. Oh thanks for pointing out to me the correct name. I will change it to rickshaw. Now I remember that Trishaw means 3 wheels!

      Princess, I guess Banana is a Male and Indian. If she is a female, the name would be Melon instead.

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  7. Anay post today is so sikit!!!

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    1. I wanna change my Grandma way of blogging. I need to copy others! Wakakaka

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    2. Mix and match la... cater and suit all taste. hehehe

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  8. Lovely dolls, presume they may be quite fragile?

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    1. These dolls are harder than bananas but they will break into pieces too. Only bananas get mashed into pulp! Muahahaha

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  9. I'd love a trishaw ride! Hehe! And those dolls are so cute and pretty! I bought a similar fridge magnet few years ago when I was at Japan, and it's still in good condition ;)

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    1. You must go again! Japan is so big and beautiful. I am sure your fridge's door is full now with so many countries being conquered by Hayley!

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  10. Looks like a lovely museum. I'm thinking of making a visit to the Kyushu region and this will high in my priority list of places to visit.

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    1. Good to hear that! You need to make a visit and don't forget to buy the JR Rail Tickets to travel around Kyushu cheaply! I never have enough of Japan. Going again soon after strike some lottery.

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  11. I love your Japan blog posts mate! :)

    We're planning to go there too and I've been doing a lot of reading about the place. Been researching Michelin star places in Japan and also good ramen places (some ramen shops serves strawberry (!!!!) milk ramen).

    I saw it was raining, which reminded me about eating ramen. Haha!

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    1. I am glad to hear that you both are going soon! You seem to be going in style! I am only able to offer cheap and budget travels if you need help! Wakakakaka

      I am sure you both will love Japan.........more than Europe.

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  12. Morning morning TM.. Aiikks, how come I didn't see your update in my feed?

    Anyway, I like your title, coz I think it's interesting and easy to understand la - doll making.. Everyone loves dolls, yes? But errr, call me jakun, but don't curse me, I don't like dolls very much.. It depends on what kinda dolls.. If cute dolls like Barbie doll, then ok.. But if it has a human face like Chucky, I think I will puke looking at the dolls..

    Ikea has dolls which looks like human, and they look creepy.. I mean real creepy and scary.. Have you watched Jeepers Creepers? They look like those things which tear and eat human flesh, scary !!

    Anyway, your Japanese dolls look alright and not creepy (phew).. I was so worried they look creepy, like those who will come alive at night and whisper stuffs in your ears..

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    1. The bloggers are experiencing the same problems that comments or updates go missing! I think we need to ask our IT Guru Thambee SK to explain something that he knows. There is nothing that he doesn't know.

      I also hate ugly and creepy dolls esp those that could cry or laugh by themselves! I would throw them out of the window! So scary hor! Someday we might program the talking doll to say - " I Go Kill Myself, Bye Bye Cruel World!!!!"

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  13. My daughter would love this place! She loves these things so much - very much into culture and traditions.

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    1. Wow! Next time she can travel with us since we share the same interests. Too bad the papa is not.

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  14. There are always lovely flowers in japan. I think it's due to the climate.

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    1. We have nice flowers too but our Ministry of Landscapes are lazy.

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    2. We have nice flowers but then Malaysian will steal some, some will turn plants pots into ashtrays and so on...

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  15. The little girl looks like one of the dolls, so cute !

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  16. #0.. wow!! anay buy one whole pot of flowers to offer to the altar?? hmmm, interesting and first time heard of this special way of offering.. usually people just get stalks of flowers to put in vases..

    #1.. ah, nice flowers there!! the red and white ones are beautiful!! what flowers are they??

    #2.. yeah, very neat and clean and tidy street!! surely this would not be a place in Malaysia~~ :D

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    1. Geeez! How did you know the first photo was #0???? So cleber Ah boy! Give you sweet & pat your head!
      Well, in the Tibetan Buddhism way, they can offer anything to the heavens that is deemed good & nice. It's the heart that counts. I mentioned that I bought potted flowers sometimes as many wet markets often sold half-dying fresh flowers at slaughtering prices.

      I really dunno the names of the flowers! Need to ask Meow, the gardener of Eden.

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  17. #3.. those trishaws are already for touristy purpose and not any means of transportation for the locals i guess.. in many touristy places, i saw young guys with muscular legs operating these trishaws.. and they are probably professionals and certified!!

    #4.. the craftsman sure need to be very focus on his work.. he will not be able to make a nice doll if he doesn't concentrate right?? but must salute him for being able to focus albeit many moronic tourists are trying to distract him by taking photos!! muahahahaha~~

    #5.. beautiful!!! i wonder how long it takes the craftsman to complete such a beautiful and delicate doll??

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    1. I've heard a fellow tourist from down south remarking to his son "you must study hard or else you become like them" as they look on the guys pulling the rickshaw in front of Sensoji once.

      Little that they know that most are Uni students (Tokyo Uni or Waseda no less), well versed in the history of the area and actually took pride of earning a good honest living.

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    2. I am surprised that these rickshaws are being pulled by university students. The ones in Kyoto's Gion district looked rather young too and I thought what a waste of their life doing that. Perhaps they were part time students too, who support their local tourism industry. The rickshaws were so heavy and I could not pull them up the hills.

      Well, in Malaysia's old days, our mothers always nagged us with the same phrase. My mum did that too. Muahahaha

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  18. #6.. OMG!! i am truly impressed by this collection of dolls!! they are beautiful!!

    #7.. yes, i agree!! fine art and indeed very beautiful.. every detail being taken care of and the dolls really look very lively..

    #8.. ok ok, we know that this Japanese "Doll" is not a real doll for play~~ :p

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    1. Oh so Thambee also like porcelain dolls besides stuffed ones like Fing Fing and Sing Sing. Yes, you cannot play with them as they are too fragile and once broken, will break your heart too.

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  19. #9.. wow, since the year 1603!!! let me find my calculator first.. 2014-1603 and that's 411 years!! amazing, and they are still keeping the tradition and ancient art!! that is what i admire the Japanese, while going in par with modern technology, they never forget their own tradition and root..

    #10.. i bet, surely those fine art and beautiful dolls are expensive!! yeah, i would also not be able to afford, so just take tons of photos will do.. and nice is that photography is allowed in there!! :)

    #11.. ah, nice and cute!! how nice if i am able to own one of these Japanese doll in traditional costumes..

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    1. So you wanna own this doll and play with them? I will try to buy them in future!
      Their culture of doll making has come a long way and I didn't know it has been 411 years. I think China has a longer recorded history but their dolls or statues are differently made and painted. Not many people could afford or appreciate them but they are still making them in large quantities!

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  20. Roughly how much the doll? Just curious :P

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    1. A small hand painted doll was priced above RM300-500 each.

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    2. wah, so expensive! But handmade masterpiece is priceless right? LOL

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  21. Very intricate dolls, Japanese are good at this stuff. But I never put dolls in my house. I heard that those creepy things like to inhabit dolls and not so advisable to put dolls as decorations. Call me coward but better to be safe than sorry.

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    1. I understand what you mean. These invisible beings like to live inside dolls and antiques. I have lots of antiques at home plus few Japanese Dolls to welcome them. I have to burn Tibetan Incense leaves often to smoke my house to protect myself.

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  22. Relating to Phong Hong's comment... maybe we watch too many eerie thrillie movies before.. like that doll which kills people.. chucky? or what... yes, at night you can see their eyes staring back at us...
    Coming back to your post, these dolls really need a lot of "radio" (sum kei) to do.. thus the expensive price.. lots of patience involved too..

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    1. You really cracked me up! I wonder if you ever owned dolls when you were a small gal? I do know some mothers still collect dolls today.

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  23. I like to admire the dolls but not own them because cannot afford them and lazy to keep them clean. I remember Japanese culture has atradition of buying dolls to celebrate their children upon reaching a certain age. Need to google more info.

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    1. This is interesting to hear that the parents would buy dolls to celebrate. No wonder they sell many dolls in Japan.

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    2. I found the info. March 3rd in Japan is Hina Matsuri or Girls' festival. family with daughters will display many special dolls arranged in a special way. Truly beautiful all those dolls being used to celebrate this hinamatsuri.

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    1. The gal was someone's daughter of course!

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  25. You didn't buy one? Not even one tiny one? :)

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    1. I have already have a big doll at home that talks, cries and bakes.... She is my wife!

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  26. Gosh, they're all so adorable! Didn't buy any souvenirs for your wife??

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    1. Yes I bought many things for my wife except the doll. She dislikes all the girlie stuffs like diamonds, designer stuffs and flowers! Thank God.

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  27. As much as I love handmade items, I only will buy if I can afford it. If not, like you said snap snap will do. I bet the doll is not cheap as it is hand craft with so much details, just like the nutcrackers we got from Germany.

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    1. I an sure everything is very expensive in Europe while many things are affordable now in Japan.

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  28. Oh i love those streets! Flying to Jap next month, can't wait for it!

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  29. Awesome Street of doll making! I liked that rickshaw and the pretty cute dolls with cat… glad u took copy with the pictures of those precious dolls.

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