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Anesama ningyoo 姉様人形 "elder sister" dolls
"big sister" doll. anesan doll

A paper doll in the form of a kimono-clad woman.



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There is a long history to these paper dolls.
In the Japanese feudal society, the common people were stuck within the social class in which they were born. These dolls were a way for young girls of the lower social classes to be a part of those other classes even if only through child's play. Most times, these anesama ningyoo were made by the elder sisters or women of the families.

That is where the name originates. These dolls originally were made of various materials ranging from wood to rags. Eventually paper was used and chiyogami (Japanese paper covered with colorful patterns) allowed girls to have a wider array of kimonos for their dolls. I have never seen faces put onto these dolls and personally think that it would detract from the elegant simplicity of these dolls.
How to make them yourself:
source : ilive





. Chiyogami 千代紙 printed paper .

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Shiori Dolls しおり人形 bookmark dolls


Anesama ningyo and shiori ningyo
(literally "big sister dolls" and "bookmark dolls," ) are made of washi paper. Anesama ningyo tend to be three-dimensional, whereas shiori ningyo are flat. Anesama ningyo often have elaborate hairstyles and costumes made of high-quality washi paper. They often lack facial features.
Those from Shimane prefecture are especially famous.

. Anesama dolls from Shimane 島根 .


A hybrid of anesama ningyo and shiori nyngyo, called shikishi ningyo, has become popular in recent years. Shikishi ningyo are a type of Japanese paper dolls made with figures and scenes and are mounted on shikishi, a rectangular fancy cardboad about a square foot (about a tenth of a square meter) in size.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !



shikishi ningyoo 色紙人形 paper dolls on a cardboard

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Ehime, Matsuyama 愛媛松山姉様

Their refined face is made like the princess Daruma dolls from clay, adorned with decorated hair made from washi paper.
Her robe is usually from red paper.



The one in the middle is from Matsuyama.
Left one from Aizu, right one from Kumamoto


Kochi Tosa 土佐姉様



First made by for sale by 山本香泉 Yamamoto Kosen, a painter from Osaka. The doll maker family in the second generation - Her daughter moved to Shiga and made
Koosen ningyoo 香泉人形 Kosen Dolls.
But now extinct.

Made again here
岡内秀一「土佐民芸社」:高知市南はりまや町1
source : asahi-net.or.jp/~SA9S-HND

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Anesama dolls are quite popular in Tohoku. They have been made in all the castle towns since the end of the Edo period. Some low-ranking samurai made them for sale during the seasonal temple festivals, to gain some money.

. Fukushima - Aizu Anesama 会津姉様 Elder Sister Doll .
from Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima





Sendai anesama ningyoo 仙台姉様人形 - Miyagi
Sendai oiran 仙台花魁 Sendai Geisha dolls with elaborate hair decorations

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Ishikawa  石川県

Kanazawa no tachikosan 金沢の姉様(たちこさん)



The face is covered with silk cloth, but not painted. The hair decoration is usually red, hair made from black paper.

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Wakayama 和歌山県



Only a head with hair decoration. The strong Washi paper is pressed around a stick to imitate the different hairstyles of the time.
They were made even in private homes until the middle of the Showa period.


source : s.webry.info/sp/ikuiku-1919


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Yamagata 山形県

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Shonai Anesama
The wives of the feudal retainers in the Shonai Domain started to make this paper doll to amuse themselves in the late Edo period.



The Shonai Anesama includes both female and male dolls, and children would dress it up, play house and use it during the Girl’s Festival.
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. Tsuruoka mingei 鶴岡民芸 folk art from Tsuruoka - Shonai 庄内 .

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- - - 姉さま人形 - Exhibition - - -
紙を細筆の軸やお箸で巻いて縮めて髪型をつくり、千代紙の着物を着せた江戸姉様、松本姉様などの紙人形や、庄内姉様のような髪を結った頭が中心で簡単な胴だけの着せ替え姉様、布製の姉様がある。


In the middle are Sendai Geisha dolls.

Hyogo - Kobe 兵庫県 神戸市

Kobe Okatasama 神戸姉さま- Okatasan おかたさん



Further dolls from this exhibition
金沢の姉様(たちこさん) Kanazawa no Tachikosan

- source : ikuiku-1919.at -


- source : japan-toy-museum -
Nakanino Kodera-cho, Himeji-shi Hyogo

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Shimane - Anesama dolls from Matsue town,
姉様人形 松江
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Matsue Anesama
is believed to have originated as a way of amusement among the daughters of samurai families and the women in the harem of the feudal lord in the Matsue Domain. She is one of the paper dolls that date back to the Edo period. Although her kimono is only a simple red and green, her beauty is bewitching. Matsue Anesama comes in a set of three sisters that represent a woman’s journey from a child into a young girl into a bride.
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Shizuoka anesama 静岡姉様 "elder sister" dolls from Shizuoka



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Shizuoka Anesama originated near the castle in the Sunpu Domain and was also affectionately known as Hiinakko (‘dollie’). The Shizuoka Anesama is believed to be based on a courtesan, although she wears her hair in an unusual manner. Her kimono is made from Edo chiyogami and Echizen chiyogami paper, and her charm lies in her tall posture and refined backside.
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Edo anesama 江戸姉様 "elder sister" dolls from Edo

The laidies in waiting at Edo castle seem to be the first to spend their time making these paper dolls.
The face is often made with white washi paper.




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These dolls date back to at least the eighteenth century. Simple anesama ningyou were made by creating a doll’s head, hair (often designed to emulate a Shimada hairstyle) and neck out of washi paper and then covering the neck with a folded chiyogami washi kimono and obi. While they were once playthings for children, they are now purely for display.



The doll’s hair is made of bamboo and decorated with paper mizuhiki cords and red threads.
- source : nihon no ningyou -


. Tokyo and Edo Folk Art .


More anesama paper dolls on pinterest
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- A legend from Kumagaya 熊谷市, Saitama

okinosan おきのさん Okino San
okiyosan おきよさん Okiyo San / okinusan おきぬさん Okinu san

A kind of kitchen deity お勝手の神様.
The woman who work in the kitchen pray to her every day, offering water and rice.

The face is made from old paper of used paper sliding doors wrapped around old wooden chopsticks. The robes are made of old cloth. The old ones did not have a face with eyes, nose or mouth.
They are made every year toward the end of the year, and the old doll is floated down the local river with prayers.
If by bad luck there are two of these dolls in one room, there will be misfortune in the home.


source : Kumagaya digital museum

In the whole region of Kumayaga the tradition of Anesams Dolls is strong,
These dolls are quite helpful and are venerated in a special House Altar in the kitchen, they help supervise the silk worms. If the bride of the house is lazy, Okino san comes to scold and push her to work more.
If a woman prays to her in the evening, she will come at night to help.
Sometimes she looks like a snake, the alter-ego of Benten san 弁天様.


. Legends from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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. gonin anesama 五人姉様 five Anesama dolls .
from Sakamoto Katsu 坂本カツ, Kumamoto, Uto 宇土

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. Chiyogami 千代紙 printed paper .


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by Ishidera Yoshiko 石寺好子

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. Reference .



. Chiyogami 千代紙 printed paper .



. Hanayome ningyoo 花嫁人形  bride dolls .






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. Anesama dolls - this BLOG .


. Regional Folk Toys from Japan .


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