Korusai Girl Ningyo

Ningyo have been integrally woven into Japanese Culture and society for millennia.

Not surprisingly, the world of ningyo extends far beyond the limited concept of a simple play doll or child’s toy. Ningyo have served as powerful talismans to ward against evil, as the focus of annual festivals, as the main characters in elaborate theatrical productions, as fanciful parlor amusements, as princely, sought-after gifts closely associated with the upper echelons of Japanese society, as objects of diplomatic exchange, as well as play dolls.

The world of ningyo necessarily introduces a new vocabulary and new ways of thinking about dolls.

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