Thursday, July 8, 2010

Kokeshi Dolls

Esta é a "verdadeira" KOKESHI DOLL - uma peça de artesanato Japonês - trazida na bagagem de Tóquio. Veio fazer companhia a um que já estava cá em casa trazida de Inglaterra, mas acho que elas não falam a mesma língua!...

Transcrevo um texto sobre a origem destas bonecas japonesas:

Traditional Kokeshi began to be made approximately two hundred years ago sometime in the middle of the Edo period. (1603-1867) The dolls emerged out of local life and culture and were first produced in the north east area of Japan known as the Tohoku region. It is commonly thought that woodwork artisans of the time know as Kijiya, (which means woodworker in Japanese) originally specialized in wooden household utensils such as trays and bowls. Then they began to make small dolls in the winter to sell to the tourists who came to bathe in the many onsens (hot springs) near their villages. The few people who could afford the luxury of such a pastime bought the Kokeshi dolls as a souvenir and took the dolls back to their own areas where they were often passed on to the children. This, they thought, would promise a good harvest, as it was believed that it would create a positive impression on the gods if children played with the dolls.

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