Special Exhibits

These special exhibits are held four times in Bldg. 1 and three times in Bldg. 6 each year. Toys and dolls are presented from various angles.

Some recent exhibitions follow.Here for current exhibitions





Dolls from Around the World

6/21/14(Sat.) to 10/14/14(Tues.)

This exhibit showcases a collection consisting of dolls from 100 countries, featuring images of God and sprit, puppets and marionettes, dress-up dolls, and dolls from natural material. The displays are also grouped by their respective originsGAsia and Oceania, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, North America, and South America.



Tango-no-sekku (Boyfs Festival)
`Musha-decoration from Keihan region `


4/19/14 (Sat.) to 6/10/14(Tues.)

50 sets of the Musya-decoration including warrior dolls and miniature suits of armor are on display. The manner or custom to celebrate the boysf healthy growth and decorate miniature armor in the Boys' Festival spread to people in urban areas, it is the middle of the Edo period. In Keihan region(towns centered on Osaka and Kyoto), people preferred graceful warrior dolls rather than brave armor decoration. In this exhibition, we will introduce the warrior dolls loved in Keihan region made through the early Showa-era from the Meiji-era.



Hina-Matsuri@`Hina dolls in Edo-style & Keihan-style`

2/01/14 (Sat.) to 4/15/14(Tues.)

The world of Hina dolls and the paraphernalia displayed with them are portrayed through 50 sets of dolls in Edo Period and Meiji Era (from the 17th through early in 20th centuries).
Hina-doll is made in the beginning in Kyoto & Osaka, and later is popular for in Edo (now Tokyo), people in such urban areas, has developed a style of their own personal preferences of each. So in the style of Hina-doll or the decoration style, there is a difference in Edo (Kanto region) and the Keihan (Kansai region). In the exhibition we focused on the difference.




Chirimen pouches, decorate by hanging

2/22/14 (Sat.) to 5/27/14(Tues.)

The traditional craft of making bags from chirimen (silk crepe-traditional Japanese cloth with colorful patterns) has a history of several hundred years. These small bags are made in the shape of flowers, birds, dolls, and so forth.
This exhibit celebrated the early spring 2014 publication of gBasic knowledge and skill of chirimen-craft and how to decorate2h by museum director Inoue Shigeyoshi. Featured are chirimen pieces shown in the book, along with recent acquisitions of antique chirimen pieces with seasonal themes. About 350 items are displayed.@




Horse Toys


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In celebration the Year of the Horse, 150 horse toys including Japanese folk toys and ethnic toys from around the world were displayed.The exhibit was displayed according to region of origin, the matierals used, and the unique features of the toys. This exhibit exemplified the deep relationship between horses and human beings.




The Christmas exhibition from around the world

10/2/13(Sat.) to 1/21/14(Tues.)

Christmas decorations collected from many countries, such as Europe, America, and Africa were introduced. About 1,000 items, including a crib, tree ornaments, a candle holder, Santa Claus dolls, and an advent-calendar were shown. Ornaments serve as delightful reflections of the character of the country in which they originate. This exhibit reminded us of the meaning of Christmas stories.




Housekeeping Toys, from Japan and around the World

6/01/13 (Sat.) to 11/05/13 (Tue.)

Miniature table-ware and kitchen sets, played by Japanese girls in Hina-matsuri or girlsf festival were displayed. And besides, daily housekeeping toys during the past 100 years were introduced. We could see spiritual relationship between the different time periods and their toys.
And besides, miniature tea sets, cooking tools, and small kitchen from Europe, America, Africa, and Asia were displayed. The exhibit introduced various styles of housekeeping toys and the importance for girls to play with them.
.About 350 sets in total.




Chinese folk toys

6/22/13 (Sat.) to 10/15/13 (Tue.)

Bringing together toys and dolls that have been handed down from ancient times to various parts of China, we exhibited them on the theme of the area, materials, and the seasons.
Through 1000 articles, including traditional toys revived by grural culture reconstruction policyh in the 1980s, and the precious materials before the Cultural Revolution(1966-1977) which is not left behind to native country, we explored the characteristics of Chinese folk culture.





Tango-no-sekku Decorations
`from the end of Edo-period to Showa-era`
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4/20/13(Sat.) to 6/11/13 (Tues.)

Tango-no-sekku, or Boys' Festival, is observed on May 5 to celebrate the boys' healthy growth. Musha-kazari, warrior dolls and miniature suits of armor, were displayed. Around 30 sets of warrior dolls from the 19th through 20th centuries were introduced.




Hina-Matsuri (Girlfs Festival)@`Hina Dolls in Court Style`
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western room 2/02/13(Sat.) to 4/16/13(Tues.)
eastern room 2/02/13 (Sat.) to 6/11/13(Tues.)

Hina-Matsuri, or Girls' Festival, is observed on March 3rd to celebrate the girls' healthy growth.@
Around 50 sets of hina dolls and the paraphernalia from the 17th through 20th centuries were displayed. Through the exhibit we introduced how the hina dolls were shown according to historical period and producing district, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, and especially in court style.





Easter eggs, with Easter bunnies and chickens
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2/23/13 (Sat.) to 5/21/13 (Tue.)

Easter is the most important festival in which messengers tell of the arrival of spring in the world. We collect and display beautiful coloring "Easter eggs" celebrating spring, with toys and ornaments of Easter bunnies, chickens, and also bird whistles from many countries.





Komas of Japan, Tops in the world
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11/17/12 (Sat.) to 2/12/13 (Tue.)

The top existed with human beings from the primitive ages for thousands of B.C. years.
At this exhibition, we group and introduce the top in the world for every area, to focus on the form, color and how to spin.
Moreover, we exhibit the top handed down in various places in Japan for many years, to consider why Japan is called "treasury of a top."
Also Japanese folk toys of snakes from north to south are introduced, in celebration of the Year of snake.
This exhibit was totaled 400 items.




Christmas Ornaments, from Japan and around the World
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10/27/12 (Sat.) to 1/22/13 (Tues.)

Christmas decorations collected from Japan and another many countries such as Europe, America, and Africa were introduced. There were about 1,000 items including a crib, tree ornaments, a candle-holder, dolls of Santa Claus, a chimney cleaning man, an angel, and an advent calendar. Ornaments served as delightful reflections of the character of the country in which they originate. This exhibit reminded us of the meaning of Christmas.



Drums & Percussion Instruments around the World
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9/15(Sat.)/12 to 11/13(Tue.)/12

On this exhibition we gathered drums, xylophones, the idiophone including the percussion instruments and pronunciation toys from around the world.
Please enjoy unique molding design and ethnic tone. About 350 items were displayed.



Bird Toys from Around the World@ @

6/30/12 (Sat.) ~ 10/16/12 (Tue.)

About 800 representative bird toys from around 70 countries, made of wood, paper, clay, and another natural materials, were displayed. The bird toys were grouped by kind of the bird, such as chickens, owls, ducks, dove and peacock, as well as by Asian, African, European and American ethnicity.



Kobe Dolls @

6/9/12 to 9/11/12

Kobe Dolls are the name given to mechanical wooden dolls unique to Kobe; they were once as well-known as its harbor and made from the mid-Meiji era(ca.1890) on and sold at souvenir shops on Motomachi Shopping Street and near Nunobiki Waterfall where tourists gathered. Their funny movement and jocular facial expression attracted the attention of native-Kobekko and tourists.
This exhibit traced the 100-year history of Kobe dolls through 350 items and articles, which has until now never been shown in public.




Tango-no-sekku (Boyfs Festival)
`Musya decorations@in Meiji and Taisyo-Era` @

western room 2/04/12 (Sat.) to 6/19/12(Tues.)

Tango-no-sekku, or Boys' Festival, is observed on May 5th to celebrate the boys' healthy growth. We displayed around 30 sets of Musha-decorations or warrior dolls and miniature suits of armor in Meiji and Taisyo-era (around the middle of the 19th to the early 20th centuries) .




Hina-Matsuri (Girlfs Festival)@
`Hina dolls and the paraphernalia in Meiji-era` @

eastern room 4/21/12 (Sat.) to 6/19/12 (Tues.)

Hina-Matsuri, or Girls' Festival, is observed on March 3rd to celebrate the girls' healthy growth. We displayed around 20 sets of Hina dolls and the paraphernalia in Meiji -era (from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries). This exhibit introduced how the dolls and paraphernalia had been shown in Meiji-era, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, or court-style.





Decorating the Seasons with Chirimen Crafts @


2/25/12(Sat.) to 6/5/12 (Tues.)

The traditional craft of making pouches from chirimen (silk crepe-traditional Japanese cloth with colorful patterns) has a history of several hundred years. These little bags are made in the shape of flowers, birds, dolls, and so forth.
This exhibit celebrated the winter 2011 publication of gBasic knowledge and skill of chirimen-craft and how to decorateh by museum director Inoue Shigeyoshi. Featured were chirimen pieces shown in the book, along with recent acquisitions of antique chirimen pieces with seasonal themes. About 350 items were displayed.




Hina-Matsuri@`Hina dolls in Edo Period and Meiji Era`

2/04/12 (Sat.) to 4/10/12(Tues.)

The world of Hina dolls and the paraphernalia displayed with them are portrayed through 50 sets of dolls in Edo Period and Meiji Era (from the 17th through early in 20th centuries). This exhibit introduces how the dolls and paraphernalia had been shown according to historical period and type, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, or court-style. Guests enjoy also a variety of miniature wooden kitchen sets, which were used as toys to teach girls how to housekeep.




Animal Models of the 12-Year Zodiac

11/19/11 to 2/14/12

This exhibit explores, through toys, the folk belief in the 12-year zodiac, which is popular in Japan. Because 2012 is the year of the dragon, dragon toys are emphasized but toys of all 12 animals in the zodiac are displayed. Zodiac toys from China are also included to highlight the relation between Chinese and Japanese cultures.




The Christmas exhibition from around the world@

10/22/11(Sat.) to 1/17/12(Tues)

Christmas decorations collected from many countries such as Europe, America, Africa, and Asia were introduced.@There were about 1,000 items including a crib, tree ornaments, a candle holder, dolls of Santa Claus, a chimney cleaning man, an angel, and an advent-calendar. The exhibit focused on the meaning of Christmas by celebrating the light of the sun, the spring and the spirit.





Japanese Folk Toys in various parts and ages@

9/17/11 to 11/15/11

@At the end of the Edo Period, the general populace was economically strong. When the commodity economy of even the rural areas began to flourish, farmers were able to utilize the slack season to skillfully make seasonal, simple toys with wood, clay, paper, and any other materials around them. These toys circulated primarily around onefs so-called kyoudo (native land), and today are known as kyoudo gangu (folk toys).
@These beloved folk toys, derived from the lives of common people, are not just tools that make children happy?they are small works that embody the beliefs, folktales, aesthetics, and sense of happiness found in onefs native land.
@Here the folk toys are displayed by region. Born on Japanese soil, these handmade toys possess the warm-heartedness of being raised by the common people, and we hope that you will be able to sense that warmth while viewing these prized pieces of culture.






Animal Models from Around the World

7/02/11 to 10/11/11

About 800 representative animal toys from around 50 countries, made of wood, paper, clay, animal skin, and another natural materials, are displayed. The animal toys are grouped by type, such as horses, elephants, dogs, tortoises, tigers and bears, as well as by Asian,@African,@European,@and American ethnicity.





Ornaments & toys of
Tanabata|the Star Festival|& Japanese Summer Festival@


6/18/f11 (Sat.) to 9/13/f11 (Tues.)

We display small paper Kimonos, paper or wooden dolls, horse ornaments, and miniature ships, for Tanabata or the Star Festival events handed down to the various parts of Japan. To this exhibition we put lantern toys and small festival-floats together, and draw Japanese good old summer scenery. The exhibition is totaled about 300 sets.





Tango-no-sekku (Boyfs Festival) decorations@

4/23/11 (Sat.) to 6/21/11 (Tues.)

Tango-no-sekku, or Boys' Festival, is observed on May 5th to celebrate the boys' healthy growth. We displayed around 100 sets of Musha-kazari or warrior dolls and miniature suits of armor from the 19th through 20th centuries. Also the exhibit introduced Musya dolls and tigers made of clay, papier-mache and other compositions, which were loved in provincial towns and rural area, rich in local flavor.




Miniature Toys@from around the World

2/26/11 (Sat.) to 6/7/11 (Tues.)

This delicate exhibit, displayed together to appear as a small town, features miniatures from the Edo Period that became popular during the Meiji Era. The display, 1000 items in all, included pocket-sized houses and shops, furniture and tools, toys, and folk dolls, as well as lovely miniatures from various parts of the world such as Germany, France, Slovakia, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Madagascar and China.





Hina-Matsuri`Hina dolls and their paraphernalia`

2/05/11 (Sat.) to 4/12/11(Tues.)

The world of Hina dolls and the paraphernalia displayed with them was portrayed through 50 sets of dolls from the 17th through 20th centuries. This exhibit introduced how the dolls and paraphernalia had been shown according to historical period and type, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, or court-style. One of our must-see exhibits was a variety of miniature wooden kitchen sets. They were not only presented with the Hina dolls but also were used as toys to teach girls how to housekeep.





Hagoita(battledore) and Rabbit Toys

11/27/10 (Sat.) ~ 2/15/11 (Tue.)

Our collection of Hagoita (battledore), that Japanese children played with during the New Year, was presented according to historical period and type. You could see the rich variation of shapes and designs of the local toys of Japan. The local Hagoita, played with during the Taisho Era in various parts across Japan, was a must-see.
Also Japanese folk toys of rabbits from north to south were introduced, in celebration of the Year of rabbit. This exhibit was totaled 350 items.




Christmas Travelogue@

10/23/10 (Sat.) ~ 1/18/11(Tue.)

A wonderful collection comprised of 1,000 items from various parts of the world, such as Europe, America, Africa, and Asia that embodies the spirit and meaning of Christmas. This year decorations were introduced according to their respective origins and paid close attention to the uniqueness of each country's decorations.





Japanese Festival through Folk Toys@

9/18/10(Sat.) to 11/23/10(Tues.)

Festival toys were displayed, such as miniature floats, portable shrines, paper-mache masks, and small heads of Shishi (an imaginary asian animal which resembles a lion), which had once been sold at street stands during festival days. You could visit various Japanese festivals held from the northern to southern regions through this exhibit of about 350 items.




The world vehicle toy exhibition, Part 2
`Airplane and Vehicle Toys from Around the World`

7/3/10 to 10/12/10

We displayed a lot of toys that are loved by children from 50 countries; airplane and helicopter, horse cart and cow carriage, locomotive engine and train, automobile and autobus, tractor and trailer, loading shovel and bulldozer, fire engine and ambulance car, etc. Through 800 items that grouped by kinds of vehicle, we could follow the history of the vehicle development in the world.





The world vehicle toy exhibition, Part 1
`Ship Toys from Around the World`

6/12/10 to 9/14/10

Ship toys and models from 50 countries were introduced, classified by region; Asia and Oceania, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, North America, and South America. @About 300 items were displayed in conjunction with simple toys made by children or their parents from natural materials, which helped us understand the origin of ship toys. This exhibition also took a look@back at Showa eras of Japan through modern ship toys.





Childrenf‚“ Festive KIMONOs
with cloth bags and toys in chirimen work


4/24/10 to 6/22/10

Around 50 pieces of childrenfs festive Kimonos, which were sewed to pray healthy growth and happiness, were displayed. Besides amulet bags and cloth toys in chirimen work were introduced.

Parents and grandparents give a festive Kimono for one-month-old baby. Small baby dresses up and visits a Shinto shrine at the first time, accompanied by his or her parents and grandparents to express their appreciation for the god of birthplace. They also sewed beautiful Kimonos at the first eating rice celebration, the Tanngo-no-sekku, boysf celebration on May 5th, the Momo-no-sekku, girlsf celebration on March 3rd and a lot of festivals of each season.
These Kimonos decorated with pictures of charm against evil, symbol of happiness, and beautiful designs of seasonal flowers and classical toys, have some adorable and glamorous air.

Spectators touched parentsf wish for their childrenfs healthy growth and happiness, and enjoyed traditional beauty sense of Japan through childrenfs festive Kimonos, worn from Meiji-era to early in Showa-era (from the end of 19th to 20th century.)





Hometown Musya-kazari

4/24/10 to 6/8/10

Tango-no-sekku, or Boys' Festival, is observed on May 5th to celebrate the boys' healthy growth and happiness. We displayed around 300 sets of Musha-kazari, warrior dolls or figurines made of clay and papier-mache, from the 19th through 20th centuries. These dolls or figurines made in various places around Japan, and rich in local flavor.





Hometown Hina Dolls

2/27/10 to 4/20/10


From the mid-1800s to early 1900s, hina dolls of clay and papier-mache were made in various places around Japan. This exhibit, rich in local flavor, feature‚„ these folk hina dolls. The exhibition was totaled about 300 sets.






HINA Matsuri` Hina Dolls from the Edo Period through the Showa Era

2/06/10 (Sat.) to 4/13/10(Tues.)

Around 50 sets of Hina dolls and paraphernalia from the 17th through 20th centuries were displayed. The items were shown according to historical period and type, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, or court-style.





Tiger Toys

11/21/09(Sat.) to 2/16/10(Tues.)

The folk belief in the 12 year zodiac system is popular in Japan. 2010 is the year of the Tiger. In Celebration of the Year of the Tiger, Japanese folk toys of tigers from north to south were introduced. Through various forms of tiger toys we could focus on the hopes and desires embodied by people of the past. The exhibit was totaled about 400 items.





Christmas Stories and Ornaments

10/24/09(Sat.) to 1/19/10(Tues.)

Christmas decorations collected from many countries, such as Europe, America, and Africa were introduced. About 1,000 items, including a crib, tree ornaments, a candle holder, Santa Claus dolls, and an advent-calendar were shown. Ornaments serve as delightful reflections of the character of the country in which they originate. This exhibit reminded us of the meaning of Christmas stories.





Playing with Dolls

9/12/09 to 11/24/09

This exhibit conjured up the charming world of girls playing with dolls. Featured were traditional Anesama (elder sister) dolls from around Japan and the kinds of dolls that girls play with by changing clothes, along with miniature utensils, furniture, and such.





Exhibition of Modern Toys with Our Fond Memories

6/20/09(Sat.) to 10/13/09(Tues.)

The exhibit visited the 20th century of Japan through children's toys. We could discover how the features of modern toys have changed during the past 100 years, and see strong spiritual relationship between the different time periods and their toys. About 1000 items were introduced.





Kobe Dolls and Moving Toys from Around the World

7/4/09 to 9/8/09

Kobe Dolls are the name given to mechanical wooden dolls unique to Kobe; they were once as well-known as its harbour and made from the mid-Meiji era(ca.1890) on and sold at souvenir shops on Motomachi Shopping Street and near Nunobiki Waterfall where tourists gathered. Their funny movement and jocular facial expression attracted the attention of Kobekko and tourists. This exhibit traced the 100-year history of Kobe dolls through 120 items and articles.
Some 250 toys and dolls that move from around the world were also shown.






The World of Licca-chan & JeNnY

2/28/09 (Sat.) to 6/23/09(Tues.)

Licca-chan and JeNnY are very popular plastic dolls for girlsf house keeping play, produced by Japanese toy manufacturer, TAKARA(TAKARA-TOMY campany). Licca-chan doll was born in 1967, influenced some predecessor dolls like Barbieiby Mattel, USA), Tammy (by Ideal, USA), and Scarlet(by Nakajima, Japan). Over the past 40 years, Licca-chan has been loved by a lot of small girls as a friend of the kid play. On the other hand, JeNnY born in 1986, is made for the girl of a slightly high age group, and loved its fashionable world to widen a dream of the future of the girl. This exhibition memorialized that we received the donation of 500 items related Licca-chan and JeNnY from a magazine company "Japan Vogue Company" which is specialized in handicrafts. The exhibit was totaled about 350 items.






Musya-kazari, Tango-no-sekku Decorations

4/18/09(Sat.) to 6/09/08 (Tues.)

Tango-no-sekku, or Boys' Festival, is observed on May 5 to celebrate the boys' healthy growth. Musha-kazari, warrior dolls and miniature suits of armor, were displayed. Around 50 sets of warrior dolls from the 19th through 20th centuries were introduced.







Play with Hina dolls and their paraphernalia

western room 2/07/09 (Sat.) to 4/14/09(Tues.)
eastern room 2/07/09 (Sat.) to 6/09/09 (Tues.)

The world of Hina dolls and the paraphernalia displayed with them were portrayed through 50 sets of dolls from the 17th through 20th centuries. This exhibit introduced how the dolls and paraphernalia had been shown according to historical period and type, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, or court-style. Guest enjoyed also a variety of miniature wooden kitchen sets, which were used as toys to teach girls how to housekeep.





Ox Toys and Folk dolls of Tenjin-san
11/22/08(Sat.) to 2/17/09(Tues.)

The folk belief in the 12 year zodiac system is popular in Japan. 2009 is the year of the Ox. In celebration of the Year of the Ox, Japanese folk toys of ox from north to south were introduced, with dolls of Tenjin-san. Tenjin-san or Sugawara no Michizane is well known as a god of learning, literature, and calligraphic arts. Michizane (845-903) who was a consummate statesman in the Heian Period, attained the high court rank of Minister, but false accusations led to his disgrace and met with violent end. His image was sometimes portrayed with an ox. Through various forms of ox and Tenjin-san figurines, we could focus on the hopes and desires embodied by people of the past. The exhibit was totaled about 350 items.





Christmas Markets from Around the World
10/25/08 (Sat.) to 1/20/09 (Tues.)

Christmas decorations collected from many countries such as Europe, America, and Africa were introduced. There were about 1,000 items including a crib, tree ornaments, a candle holder, dolls of Santa Claus, a chimney cleaning man, an angel, and an advent calendar. Ornaments served as delightful reflections of the character of the country in which they originate. This exhibit reminded us of the meaning of Christmas.





World Masks and Festival Dolls

9/13/08 to 11/18/08

World masks of totem, ancestorsf sprits, human beings, devils, and animals, which appear at initiation rite, religious ceremony, and festival, were displayed.Also a lot of papier mache masks for children and festival toys were introduced.
The exhibit explored the relationship between the plastic arts of ethnic groups in Asia, Africa, Europe, and America, and the world of childrenfs play. Exhibition room was full of life with around 350 items.





Playing with Sound
`Toys That Make Noise and Ethnic Musical Instruments from around the World`


6/21/08 to 10/14/08

This exhibit brought together rattles, toy drums, whistles, and other toys that make noise from about 60 countries. Toys were grouped by how they make sound: by shaking, beating, blowing, rubbing, or snapping. Different ethnic musical instruments for children were also shown. This exhibit was totaled 1,000 items.





Train Toys


7/05/08 to 9/09/08

The railroad train made its entrance and captured the hearts of children since the Industrial Revolution. It has been a beloved toy for people around the world. We displayed 200 Japanese train toys and 100 items from about 30 countries. Simple train toys, made of wood, clay and tin, which exemplifies their uniqueness, aesthetics, and people's love for children.





Chirimen Work and Glass Bottle Magic

2/23/08 to 6/24/08

The traditional craft of making pouches from chirimen (silk crepe-traditional Japanese cloth with colorful patterns) has a history of several hundred years. These little pouches are made in the shape of flowers, birds, dolls and so on.
Around one hundred years ago, glass bottle magic, that making chirimen crafts and thread balls in the bottle like the bottle-ship, were loved by ladies.
This spring we displayed 500 items of lovely chirimen pouches and beautiful glass bottle magic made in Meiji era and restored by our museum members.




Tango-no-sekku (Boyfs Festival) decorations

4/19/08(Sat.) to 6/10/08 (Tues.)

Tango-no-sekku, or Boys' Festival, is observed on May 5 to celebrate the boys' healthy growth. Musha-kazari, warrior dolls and miniature suits of armor, were displayed. Around 20 sets of Musha-kazari from the 19th through 20th centuries were introduced.





Hina Dolls in Court Style@

western room 2/02/08(Sat.) to 4/15/08(Tues.)
eastern room 2/02/08 (Sat.) to 6/10/08(Tues.)

Around 50 sets of hina dolls and the paraphernalia from the 17th through 20th centuries were displayed. Through the exhibit we introduced how the hina dolls were shown according to historical period and producing district, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, and especially in court style.





Mouse Toys and All about Japanese Good Luck Figurines@

11/24/07(Sat.) to 2/19/08(Tues.)

In Celebration of the Year of the Mouse, Japanese folk toys of mouse from north to south were introduced. Also various symbols of happiness and good fortune dear to Japanese were shown in this building. Among the figures selected from the permanent collection of folk toys were the seven lucky gods, including Ebisu (god of wealth) and Daikoku (god of wealth), treasure ships, beckoning cats, and Daruma (roll-over toys of Bodhidharma ). This exhibit was totaled 350 items.





Christmas Round the World@

10/20/07(Sat.) to 1/22/08(Tues.)

Christmas decorations collected from many countries, such as Europe, America, Africa, and Asia were introduced. About 1,000 items, including a crib, tree ornaments, a candle holder, Santa Claus dolls, and an advent-calendar were shown. Ornaments served as delightful reflections of the character of the country in which they originate. This exhibit reminded us of the meaning of Christmas.@





Japanese Festival through Folk Toys

9/15/07(Sat.) to 11/20/07(Tues.)

Festival toys were displayed, such as miniature floats, portable shrines, paper-mache masks, and small heads of Shishi (an imaginary asian animal which resembles a lion), which had once been sold at street stands during festival days. You could visit various Japanese festivals held from the northern to southern regions through this exhibit of about 350 items.





Dolls from Around the World

6/23/07 (Sat.) to 10/09/07 (Tues.)

This exhibit showcased a collection consisting of dolls from 100 countries, featuring images of God and sprit, puppets and marionettes, dress-up dolls, and dolls from natural material. The displays were also grouped by their respective origins and: Asia and Oceania, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, North America, and South America.





Ship Toys from Around the World@

7/7/07(Sat.) to 9/11/07(Tues.)

Ship toys and models from 50 countries were introduced, classified by region; Asia and Oceania, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, North America, and South America. About 350 items were displayed in conjunction with simple toys made by children or their parents from natural materials, which help us understand the origin of ship toys. This exhibition also took a look back at Meiji, Taiso, and Showa eras of Japan through modern ship toys.




Housekeeping Toys of Today and in Old Times@

3/3/07(Sat.) to 6/26/07(Tues.)

Miniature tea sets, cooking tools, table ware, and kitchen sets, played by girls in Momo-no-sekku or Hina-matsuri, were displayed. And besides,daily housekeeping toys during the past 100 years were introduced. We could see spiritual relationship between the different time periods and their toys. About 200 items were displayed.




Tango-no-sekku (Boyfs Festival) decorations@

4/21/07 (Sat.) to 6/12/07 (Tues.)

Tango-no-sekku, or Boys' Festival, is observed on May 5th to celebrate the boys' healthy growth. We displayed around 100 sets of Musha-kazari or warrior dolls and miniature suits of armor from the 19th through 20th centuries. Also the exhibit introduced Musya dolls and tigers made of clay, papier-mache and other compositions, which made in provincial towns and rural area, rich in local flavor.




@ The World of Hina Dolls

2/3/07(Sat.) to 4/10(Tues.)

Around 50 sets of Hina dolls from the 17th through 20th centuries were displayed. The items were shown according to historical period and type, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, or court-style. Also the exhibit introduced hina dolls of clay, papier mache and other compositions, which made in provincial towns and rural area, rich in local flavor.





@ Koma and Hagoita

11/25/06 (Sat.) ~ 2/20/07 (Tue.)
Koma (tops) and Hagoita (battledore) that Japanese children played with during the New Year, have been collected from all over the world and were presented. You could see the rich variation of shapes and designs of the local toys of Japan. The local hagoita, played with during the Taisho Era in various parts across Japan, was a must-see. This exhibit was totaled 350 items.





@ Christmas Travelogue

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10/21/06 (Sat.) ~ 1/23/06 (Tue.)

A wonderful collection comprised of 1,000 items from various parts of the world that embodies the spirit and meaning of Christmas. This year decorations were introduced according to their respective origins and paied close attention to the uniqueness of each country's decorations.






@ It's a Small World Afterall@

9/9/06 (Sat.) ~ 11/21/06 (Tue.)

This delicate exhibit, displayed together to appear as a small town, features miniatures from the Edo Period that became popular during the Meji Era. The display, 1000 items in all, included pocket-sized houses and shops, furniture and tools, toys, and folk dolls, as well as lovely miniatures from various parts of the world such as Germany, France, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and China.





@ Bird Toys and Models from Around the World@

6/24/06 (Sat.) ~ 10/10/06 (Tue.)

This exhibit showcased a collection consisting of toys and models of birds from 70 countries, featuring chickens, owls, ducks, and peacock. The displays were grouped by bird type as well as by their respective origins and: Asia and Oceania, the Middle East and Africa, Europe, North America, and South America. Explored different unique ethnicities through 1,000 toys and models.




@ Showa Era Framed by Toys@

7/1/06 (Sat.) ~ 9/5/06 (Tue.)

Took a retrospective glance at the Showa Era (1926-1989) and its history through this exhibit totaling 500 toys: the 1st decade still feeling the resonance of the Taisho Democracy, the 2nd decade proliferated with the colors of war, the after-war restoration occurring during the 3rd decade, the high level of economic growth experienced from last half of the 3rd to the 4th decade, and the start of the high-tech age from the 5th decade.




Artistic beauty of Chirimen bags

3/4/06 (Sat.) to 6/27/06 (Tues.)

The traditional craft of making pouches from chirimen (silk crepe-traditional Japanese cloth with colorful patterns) has a history of several hundred years. These little bags are made in the shape of flowers, birds, dolls, and so forth. This spring we introduced 350 items had made in the last Edo-period and Meiji and Taisho eras. Antique chirimen bags showed us the beauty and skill in sewing possessed by young ladies who lived around 100 years ago.





Warrior dolls from Tango-no-Sekku (Boys' Festival)

4/15/06 (Sat.) to 6/6/06 (Tues.)
Tango-no-sekku, or Boys' Festival, is observed on May 5 to celebrate the boys' healthy growth. Musha-kazari, warrior dolls and miniature suits of armor, were displayed. Around 20 sets of Musha-kazari from the 19th through 20th centuries were introduced.



Hina dolls and their paraphernalia

western room 2/04/06 (Sat.) to 4/11/06(Tues.)
eastern room 2/04/06 (Sat.) to 6/06/06 (Tues.)

The world of Hina dolls and the paraphernalia displayed with them was portrayed through 50 sets of dolls from the 17th through 20th centuries. This exhibit introduced how the dolls and paraphernalia had been shown according to historical period and type, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, or court-style. One of our must-see exhibits displayed a variety of miniature wooden kitchen sets. They were not only presented with the Hina dolls but also were used as toys to teach girls how to housekeep.



Dog Toys

11/19/05(Sat.) to 2/21/06(Tues.)

In Celebration of the Year of the Dog, Japanese folk toys of dogs from north to south are introduced. Also clay figurines and hand-carved wooden dog toys from about 30 countries are displayed. Through various forms of dog toys we can focus on the hopes and desires embodied by people of the past.
The exhibit was totaled about 300 items.




Christmas Round the World

10/22/05(Sat.) to 1/24/06(Tues.)

Christmas decorations collected from many countries, such as Europe, America, Africa, and Asia are introduced. About 1,000 items, including a crib, tree ornaments, a candle holder, Santa Claus dolls, and an advent-calendar are shown. Ornaments serve as delightful reflections of the character of the country in which they originate. This exhibit reminded us of the meaning of Christmas.@




African Toys and Arts

9/10/05(Sat.) to 11/15/05(Tues.)

Countries in Africa are the treasure houses of folk art, which had a great influence on European modern art.This exhibit introduces a unique world of folk toys from Africa, encompassing 4 regions (the northern, western, eastern, central, and southern regions).
The exhibit was totaled about 350 items.




A Trip through German Toys

6/25/05(Sat.) to 10/11/05(Tues.)

About 1,000 representative toys and dolls from all parts of Germany, acquired by the museum over the course of 30 years, are displayed.
Classified by region, material, and function, this exhibit showcased the colors and shapes as well as the spirit of German toys and dolls.




Water Toys and Playthings from the Fair

7/2/05(Sat.) to 9/6/05(Tues.)

Take a look back at the Meiji, Taisyo, and Showa Eras of Japan through modern water toys and playthings from the summer fair. You will discover how the features of modern toys have changed during the past 100 years and notice a strong spiritual relation between toys and the different time periods.
About 500 items were introduced.




Japanese Clay Bells

2/26/05(Sat.) to 6/28/05(Tues.)

From ancient times, Japanese people have loved bells for their serene sound and round shape. In this exhibit brings clay bells together from all over Japan, including small bells given as charms by temples or shrines, and introduces the history of Japanese clay bells and the variety of forms.
The exhibit was totaled about 500 items.




Hina Dolls in Momo-no-Sekku (Girls' Festival)

2/5/05(Sat.) to 6/7/05(Tues.)

Momo-no-sekku, or Hina Doll Festival (also known as Girls' Festival), is observed on March 3rd. Graceful dolls of the emperor and empress, and noble court people in Heian-era costumes are displayed. Around 20 sets of Hina dolls and paraphernalia from the 19th through the 20th centuries were displayed.




Warrior Dolls in Tango-no-Sekku (Boys' Festival)

4/16/05(Sat.) to 6/7/05(Tues.)

Tango-no-sekku, or Boys' Festival, is observed on May 5th to celebrate the boys' healthy growth. Musha-kazari, or warrior dolls and miniature suits of armor, are displayed. This exhibit introduced around 20 sets of Musha-kazari from the 19th through 20th centuries.




Hina Dolls from the Edo Period through the Showa Era

2/5/05(Sat.) to 4/12/05(Tues.)

Around 35 sets of Hina dolls and paraphernalia from the 17th through 20th centuries were displayed. The items were shown according to historical period and type, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, or court-style.




Rooster and Hen toys

11/20/04(Sat.) to 2/17/05(Tues.)

In celebration of the Year of the Rooster, Japanese folk toys of roosters and hens from north to south are introduced. Clay figurines and wood carvings of rooster and hen toys from about 40 countries are also displayed. In this exhibition you can take a look at the hopes and desires of people through their toys.
350 items were shown.




Christmas Round the World

10/23/04(Sat.) to 1/25/05(Tues.)

Dolls of Santa Claus, small cribs, candle holder and Christmas tree decorations made of nuts, bread, straw and corn-husk, were displayed from around the world.These ornaments told us the meaning of Christmas, such as thanks for good harvest, affection to life and celebration of the sun's rebirth.
About 1000 items were displayed.



Woodwind Instruments from Around the World

9/11/04(Sat.) to 11/16/04(Tues.)

This exhibit brought together musical instruments and toys that make sound, including bamboo flutes, panpipes, nut whistles, wooden oboe, and clay ocarina from about 45 countries. About 350 items were grouped by Asian,@African,@European,@and American ethnicity.



Animal Models from Around the World

6/12/04 to 10/12/04

About 800 representative animal toys from around 50 countries-made of wood, paper, clay, animal skin, and another natural materials- were displayed. The animal toys were grouped by type, such as horses, elephants, dogs, tortoises, tigers and bears, as well as by Asian,@African,@European,@and American ethnicity.



Toys that Move

7/3/04 to 9/7/04

About 350 interesting toys and dolls that move (from around 40 countries) are displayed according to their function. Some toys move by wheel and crank, while others move by weights and strings.



Japanese Cloth-work,Chirimen Pouches

4/10/04 to 6/29/04

The traditional craft of making pouches from chirimen (silk crepe-traditional Japanese cloth with colorful patterns) has a history of several hundred years. These lovely little bags are made in the shape of flowers, birds, animals, dolls so on. This exhibit was held in commemoration of the autumn 2003 publication of "Japanese Cloth-work, Chirimen Pouches" and the February 2004 publication of "Chirimen-work, Decorating the Season" by museum director Inoue Shigeyoshi. Chirimen pieces, along with recent acquisitions of antique chirimen pieces with seasonal themes are featured in the book.
This exhibition was totaled about 350 items.



The World of Hina Dolls in Court Style

2/11/04 to 5/31/04

The world of hina dolls and the paraphernalia displayed with them were portrayed through 50 sets of dolls from the 17th through 20th centuries. The exhibit introduced how the dolls were shown according to historical period, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, and especially in court style.



Hometown Hina Dolls

2/21/04 to 4/6/04

From the mid-1800s to early 1900s, hina dolls of clay and papier-mache were made in various places around Japan. This exhibit, rich in local flavor, feature‚„ these folk hina dolls.
The exhibition was totaled about 350 sets.



Monkey Toys

11/23/03 to 2/17/04

In celebration of the Year of the Monkey, folk toys of monkeys from north to south were introduced. The exhibit focused on the hopes and desires that people embodied through monkey toys of various of shapes and sizes. Displays included "monkeys and peaches","monkeys and horses","monkey families", and "the three monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil)."
Japanese modern toys made of tin and celluloid, such as the "cymbalist monkey" and "porter monkey", were displayed as well.
The exhibition was totaled about 250 items.




Christmas arts from around the World

10/11/03 to 1/27/04

Santa Claus dolls, small cribs, candle holders and Christmas tree decorations made of nuts, bread straw and cornhusk were displayed from around the world. These ornaments remind us of the meaning of Christmas, such as giving thanks for a good harvest, love of life and celebration of the sun's rebirth.
The exhibition was totaled about 1,000 items.



Tour Around the World with Train Toys

9/13/03 to 11/18/03

The railroad train made its entrance and captured the hearts of children since the Industrial Revolution. It has been a beloved toy for people around the world. We displayed 150 railroad train toys from about 30 countries. Simple train toys, made of wood, cloth, clay and tin, which exemplifies their uniqueness, aesthetics, and people's love for children.



Ship Toys from Around the World

6/14/03 to 9/30/03

Ship toys from 50 countries were introduced, classified by region and period. In this summer season exhibition, about 800 items were displayed in conjunction with simple toys made by children from natural materials. That some toys were made from natural materials helps us to understand the origin of ship toys and modern water toys.



Historic of Toys from the Showa Era@

6/28/03 to 9/9/03

This exhibit revisits the Showa Era (1926-1989) through children's toys, which reflect the spirit of the times---early in Showa Era with echoes of Taisho Democracy, Democracy, the war regime in the 2nd decade of Showa (1935-45), the postwar rehabilitation in the 3rd decade (1945-55), the high-growth period in the 4th and 5th decades (1965-85), and the high technology of the last 4 years (1985-89). About 500 items were displayed.



Housekeeping Toys from Around the World@

3/1/03 to 6/17/03

Miniature tea sets, cooking tools, table ware, and kitchen sets from Europe, America, Africa, and Asia were displayed.The exhibit introduced various styles of housekeeping toys and the importance for girls to play with them. About 350 items were displayed.



Hina Dolls from Edo Period through Showa Era@

2/8/03 to 5/20/03

Around 50 sets of Hina dolls and the paraphernalia from the 17th through 20th centuries were displayed. The exhibit introduced how the dolls and paraphernalia were decorated according to historical period and type, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, or court style.



Sheep Toys@

11/23/02 to 2/11/03

The folk belief in the 12 year zodiac system is popular in Japan. 2003 is the year of the Sheep. Celebrating the new year, 100 sheep toys, including Japanese folk toys and ethnic toys from around the world, were on display. Paper-mache sheep toys in tin work and cornhusk work, as well as clay bells shaped like sheep, exhibit their own individuality.



Koma and Hagoita (Top and Battledore)

11/23/02(sat.)to2/18/03(tues.)

This exhibit highlights Koma-tops, and Hagoita-battledore that Japaneese boys and girls had played with during the New Year holiday.The exhibit introduced you the variety of Japaneese folk toys. The collection of folk wooden battledores made in theTaisho Period around 100 years ago were the focus of this exhibit. About 350 items were shown.



Christmas Rround the World
10/26/02(sat.)to1/28/03(tues.)

Various Christmas ornaments and decorations, such as small cribs, Santa Claus dolls, candle holders, and Christmas trees from all over the world were displayed. This exhibit reminds us of the meaning of Christmas.
It was totaled about 1,000 items.


Toys in Latin America, Countries in which the Sun Lives

6/15/02 (Sat.) to 10/15/02 (Tues.)

Countries in Latin America, such as Mexico, Brazil, and Peru, are treasure houses of folk arts. This exhibit introduced a unique world of folk toys, a mixture of indigenous people's religious crafts and Southern European arts that colonizers from Portugal and Spain brought. 1,000 items were displayed, categorized into 7 regions and 5 groups.




Japanese Festival Toys

9/14/02(Sat.)to11/19/02(Tues.)

Festival toys were displayed, such as miniature floats, portable shrines, paper-mache masks, and small heads of Shishi (an imaginary asian animal which resembles a lion), which had once been sold at street stands during festival days. You could visit various Japanese festivals held from the northern to southern regions through this exhibit of about 350 items.




The World of SEVI`Toys from Marchen`

6/29/02 (Sat.) to 9/10/02 (Tues.)

SEVI toys, which were born early in the 19th century in the northern part of Italy and loved by many children throughout the world, are introduced. Toys such as Jumping Jack, merry-go-rounds, miniature kitchens, animal toys, and stationary for children are shown. SEVI toys are made of wood and characterized by their soft colors and round shapes.
This exhibit was totaled 400 items.



Chirimen Bags in Edo Period and Meiji Era

3/2/02 (Sat.) to 6/18/02 (Tues.)

The traditional craft of making pouches from chirimen (silk crepe-traditional Japanese cloth with colorful patterns) has a history of several hundred years.These little bags are made in the shape of flowers, birds, dolls and so on. This spring we introduced 350 items made in the end of the Edo Period and Meiji Era. Antique chirimen bags show us the beauty and skill in sewing possessed by young ladies who lived around 100 years ago.




A Trip through Hina Dolls

2/9/02 (Sat.) to 5/21/02 (Tues.)

From the mid-1800s to early 1900s, hina dolls of clay, papier mache and other compositions were made in various places around Japan. The exhibit introduced 200 hina dolls, rich in local flavor, from Aomori (in the northeastern part of Japan) to Okinawa (the southern islands of Japan). Costumed hina dolls from recent centuries were also shown.




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1/19/02 (Sat.) to 2/26/02 (Tues.)

Tenjin-sama or Sugawara no Michizane is well known as a god of learning, literature, and calligraphic arts. Michizane (845-903) who was a consummate statesman in the Heian Period, attained the high court rank of Minister, but false accusations led to his disgrace and met with violent end. The year 2002 marks the 1,100th anniversary of his death. In this exhibit we showed how Tenjin-sama was worshipped and jumpstarted his memory through the display of 200 dolls made in various places throughout Japan.




Horse Toys

11/23/01 (Fri.) to 2/26/02 (Tues.)

In celebration the Year of the Horse, 150 horse toys including Japanese folk toys and ethnic toys from around the world were displayed.The exhibit was displayed according to region of origin, the matierals used, and the unique features of the toys. This exhibit exemplified the deep relationship between horses and human beings.



Christmas Markets from Around the World

10/20/01 (Sat.) to 1/29/02 (Tues.)

Christmas decorations collected from many countries such as Europe, America, Africa, and Asia were introduced.There were about 1,000 items including a crib, tree ornaments, a candle holder, dolls of Santa Claus, a chimney cleaning man, an angel, and an advent calendar.The exhibit focused on the meaning of Christmas by celebrating the light of the sun, the spring and the spirit.



The World of Miniature Toys@

9/8/01 (Sat.) to 11/20/01 (Tues.)

Around 1,000 items of miniature toys, including houses, markets, animals, plants, and festival play toys from all over the world, were displayed. This exhibit depicted a miniature version of the world.



Folk toys from Asian countries

6/9/01 (Sat.) to 10/9/01 (Tues.)

There were about 800 items introduced in this exhibit. Mechanical toys,animal toys, vehicles,house keeping toys and festival toys were displayed from all parts of Asia.




The 20th Century through Japanese Toys@

6/30/01 (Sat.) to 9/4/01 (Tues.)

The exhibit visits the 20th century of Japan through children's toys. We discovered how the features of modern toys have changed during the past 100 years and could see strong spiritual relationship between the different time periods and their toys.
About 500 items were introduced.




Decorating the Seasons with Chirimen Pouches @

3/3/01 (Sat.) to 6/19/01 (Tues.)

This exhibit celebrates the autumn 2000 publication of "Decorating the Seasons with Chirimen Pouches" by museum director Inoue Shigeyoshi. Featured are chirimen pieces shown in the book, along with recent acquisitions of antique chirimen pieces with seasonal themes. About 350 items were displayed.




Hina Dolls and their Paraphernalia@

2/10/01 (Sat.) to 5/22/01 (Tues.)

The world of hina dolls and the paraphernalia displayed with them was portrayed through 50 sets of dolls from the17th through 20th centuries. The exhibit introduced how the dolls and paraphernalia had been shown according to historical period and type, including those displayed with screens, in tiers, or court-style.



Sugoroku and karuta

12/2/00 to 2/20/01

This exhibit traced how the very popular sugoroku board game and karuta (playing cards based on the Japanese syllabary) have changed from the 1600s through the 1900s. The Endo Kinichiro collection, which was donated to the museum in autumn 1999, was featured.
About 100 items were introduced.



Snake Toys from Around the World@

11/18/00 to 2/20/01

In celebration of the Year of the Snake, about 100 snake toys were displayed. This exhibition included folk toys from Japan and unusual snake toys from around the world. The exhibit focused on the hopes and desires that people have embodied through snakes and the variety of shapes that snake toys take.




Christmas around the World@

10/08/00 to 1/30/01

Christmas decorations newly acquired from Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, and Estonia) as well as Christmas toys from Western Europe were exhibited.
This exhibit was totaled 1,000 items.




@World Masks and Festivals @

9/9/00 to 11/26/00

Masks made of nuts, papier mache, and wood and festival dolls were displayed. The exhibit explored the relationship between the plastic arts of ethnic groups in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the United States and the world of play.
About 350 items were introduced.




@Kobe Dolls and Moving Toys from Around the World @

7/1/00 to 9/5/00

This exhibit traced the 100-year history of Kobe dolls. Numerous dolls were included in the exhibit but the main attractions were the 43 Kobe dolls that had been returned with much fanfare to Japan after many years in the United States. Some 350 toys and dolls that move from around the world were also shown. Displayed by type, these simple toys and dolls made for an interesting exhibit.




A Trip through European Toys @

6/10/00 to 9/26/00

About 1,000 representative toys and dolls from all parts of Europe, acquired by the museum over the course of 20 years, were displayed. Divided by region and period, the exhibit showcased the colors and shapes, as well as the spirit, of European toys and dolls.




@Bird Forms

3/4/00 to 6/20/00 @

Birds on wheels, pecking birds, and bird whistles are among the toys made around the world in the shape of chickens, pigeons, owls, and other birds. In conjunction with spring 350 bird toys from 65 countries showed off their charming forms.




@Chirimen Pouches @

2/20/00 to 5/30/00 @

The traditional craft of making pouches from chirimen (silk crepe) has a history of several hundred years. These lovely little bags are made in the shape of flowers, birds, dolls and the like. This annual exhibit featured pouches made in museum classes during the year.




@The World of Hina Dolls @

2/11/00 to 5/23/00 @

This charming exhibit featured paraphernalia used for hina dolls displays in western Japan, with an emphasis on the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe area. It showed changes in style from the 1860s to 1920s. About 100 sets of dolls in various combinations were shown.




@Animals of the 12-Year Zodiac @

12/4/99 to 2/2/00

This exhibit explores, through toys, the folk belief in the 12-year zodiac, which is popular in Japan. Because 2000 was the year of the dragon, dragon toys were emphasized but toys of all 12 animals in the zodiac were displayed. Zodiac toys from China were also included to highlight the relation between Chinese and Japanese cultures.




@Christmas Ornaments from around the World

10/24/99 to 1/25/00@

Christmas tree ornaments are delightful reflections of the character of the country in which they originate. The numerous tree ornaments displayed brought to life materials such as wood, paper, clay, tin, and cloth and were bright with folk colors.




Playing with Dolls

9/12/99 to 11/23/99 @

This exhibit conjured up the charming world of girls playing with dolls. Featured were traditional anesama (elder sister) dolls from around Japan and the kinds of dolls that girls play with by changing clothes, along with miniature utensils, furniture, and such.




@Traditional Toys from around the World @

6/27/99 to 9/7/99@

Tops made of nuts, whistles of bone, dolls of cornhusk dolls, and miniature utensils of pebbles are just some of the simple toys made from natural materials that have been handed down since primitive times in places around the world. The exhibit considered the nature of this heritage while focusing on regions and materials.
This exhibit was totaled about 350 items.




@Playing with Sound:
Toys That Make Noise and Ethnic Musical Instruments from around the World


6/13/99 to 9/23/99

This exhibit brought together rattles, toy drums, whistles, and other toys that make noise from about 50 countries. Toys were grouped by how they make sound: by shaking, beating, blowing, rubbing, or snapping. Different ethnic musical instruments for children were also shown. This exhibit was totaled 800 items.




Fun with Chirimen Pouches through the Seasons @

2/28/99 to 6/15/99

Held in conjunction with the publication of "Fun with chirimen pouches through the seasons" (NHK shuppan), this exhibit featured chirimen pouches with a seasonal theme which were shown in the book. Members of the chirimen craft group at the museum reproduced the bags.
This exhibit was totaled 350 items.




Hometown Hina Dolls @

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2/11/99 to 5/25/99

From the mid-1800s to early 1900s, hina dolls of clay and papier-mache were made in various places around Japan. This exhibit, rich in local flavor, featured these folk hina dolls. Costumed hina dolls from recent centuries were also shown.
This exhibit was totaled 300 items.




All about Japanese Good Luck Toys
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12/6/98 to 2/23/99

To celebrate the start of the new year, various symbols of happiness and good fortune dear to Japanese were shown in this building. Among the figures selected from the permanent collection of folk toys were the seven lucky gods, including Ebisu (god of wealth) and Daikoku (god of wealth), treasure ships, beckoning cats, and daruma (roll-over toys of Bodhidharma ). Because 1999 was the year of the rabbit, rabbit toys were also included.
This exhibit was totaled 400 items.



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