Mostly, dolls are known as a Barbie or a teddy bear. But, in Japan, they have some traditional dolls that have their historical meaning. From a doll used to prevent rain fell, until a doll that is believed to be able to bring good luck. That dolls are famous in Japan. The majority are purchased by domestic tourists or foreign for souvenirs. What are the traditional dolls in Japan?

You must be curious enough to know what kind of traditional dolls in Japan. Here are 5 traditional dolls in Japan! 


  • Teru Teru Bozu

Teru Teru Bozu is a doll made of a paper or white cloth that hung on the edge of the window using thread. From the appearance, these dolls are similar to the ghost face dolls that usually used when Halloween. 

Teru Teru Bozu is also believed that it can bring bright weather and prevent rain fell. What a unique dolls!  Do you want to try? 


  • Daruma or Dharma

Well, this doll is called Daruma. It’s also known as the Dharma doll depicts a Bodhidharma priest who upheld and became Zen’s first patriarchy around 1500 years ago. Looks of Daruma is like a ball that has red color and white-faced. 

Daruma also has a mustache and sideburns with eyes colored white. Many people believed that Daruma dolls can bring luck to those who want to achieve their goals. 


  • Karakuri


Karakuri dolls are traditional Japanese mechanized dolls or automota. Karakuri was made in the 18th century until the 19th century. There are three main types of Karakuri in terms of form, namely Butai Karakuri (Karakuri stage) is used in the theater. The word Karakuri means “mechanisms” or a “trick”. 

Dashi Karakuri is used in religious parties, in these parties these dolls are used to present the telling of legends and traditional myths.


  • Ningyo

Ningyo, which means people figure, is a traditional doll that usually takes the form of children or babies, imperial officials, warriors or heroes, characters in fairy tales, gods and demons, or also people in the daily life of Japanese society.

Mostly, Ningyo is traditionally made for altars or sacred places at home, for formal gift-giving, or festival celebrations.


  • Kokeshi

Kokeshi is a traditional doll from Japan that was made 150 years ago. These dolls have evolved from simple children’s toys to being part of Japanese folk art and developing into tourist souvenirs. 

Formally, this doll was made with an anthropomorphic form (can be tall and elegant, or even short and cute).

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