Okiagari Koboshi-ten – Supporting Fukushima Prefecture

Text and photos by Mike Sullivan A beautiful stall at Hyper Japan London in July featured many Okiagari-koboshi or Okiagari-kobōshi (起き上がり小法師 getting-up little priest). These are traditional Japanese dolls, they are made from papier mâché and are designed in a way that makes its own weight keep it upright even if it is pushed back, […]

Interview with Akira Mochizuki – 2nd Generation Hina Doll Maker

By Mike Sullivan. Translation by Saneyuki Owada. Please introduce yourself and your background. My name is  Akira Mochizuki, I am a second generation Mochizuki doll maker and head of my own company. Please tell us about your work. My role is making and selling Hina dolls. How long does it take to become a doll […]

Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan – Celebrating Fifty Years of the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition

Taken from the website of the British Museum. 19 July – 21 October 2007 Room 35 Admission £5/£4 concessions Japan has a long tradition of making, using and appreciating beautiful craft objects and this tradition is closely integrated into people’s lives. A respect for the beauty of these objects and the materials and techniques used […]