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. Nara Folk Toys

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. Nara Period (710 to 794)  奈良時代 .
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Nara Folk Art - 奈良県

Three ancient capitals of Japan were built on the land of Nara, namely
Asuka-kyō, Fujiwara-kyō (694–710) and
Heijō-kyō 平城京 (710–784).


. Nara and Haiku .

. Kasuga taisha 春日大社 Great Kasuga Shrine.

. Mount Miwa 三輪山 Miwa-yama .

. Yoshino Mountains 吉野山 Yoshino-yama .


Many Shrines and Temples in Nara have their special clay bells and amulets.


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Nara Ningyoo 奈良人形 dolls from Nara
If you have ever been to Nara you most likely have visited the Kasuga Shrine with its many donated lanterns. It was established in 768A.D. Nara ningyo originated from Kasuga's ancient festival dance called dengaku. Certain musicians would wear hats with small wood figures hanging from them. In 1620-40's a craftsman by the name of Okano Heiemon started making what are now called Nara dolls modeled after the small figures on the hats.
Nara dolls
are distinct in their appearance. They are cut from a block of wood and the cuts are very angular and are called to-no-kiri (sword cut) or itto-bori 一刀彫 (one chisel carving).
The dolls
are painted with very bright matte colors. Most dolls are representations of Noh theater characters. Most pre-Meiji dolls are rare since these dolls are not cute and cuddly and exhibit a sharp crudeness.
source : www.yoshinoantiques.com

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- Collection Gabi Greve

Two wooden dolls from Nara



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Gojoo town 五条市 Gojo

Minami Ada no nagashibina 南阿田の流し雛
"floating hina dolls" from Minami Ada village
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Nara town 奈良



Deer is the sacred animal of the town.
There are many deer dolls from various materials.



hariko no shika 張り子の鹿 papermachee deer
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..... 奈良の竹鹿 deer from bamboo
..... 奈良の土鹿 deer from clay
. Nara goshiki shika 奈良五色鹿 five deer in five colors .


shika no maki fude 鹿の巻筆 pen made from deer hair
from shrine Kasuga Taisha
The hair is colored in the "five colors".
These pens are often used for auspicious writings, such as greetings for weddings and other auspiciuos situation.

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. Hokkeji no mamori inu 法華寺の守り犬 protector dog from Hokke-Ji .

法華寺に守り犬買ふ小正月
Hokkeji ni mamori inu kau koshoogatsu

at temple Hokke-Ji
I buy a dog talisman -
little New Year


Kawai Kayoko 河合佳代子

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Ikoma city 生駒市
. Takayama chasen 茶筅 / 茶筌 / 茶せん bamboo tea whisk .


ittoobori 奈良の一刀彫 carvings with one knife from Nara
. Shoojoo 猩猩 /猩々 Shojo, a legendary drunkard


. Kasuga jinja no ema 春日神社の絵馬
votiv tablet from shrine Kasuga taisha 春日大社 .



. migawari saru 身代わり猿 monkey charm
from Naramachi 奈良町


. Shootoku taishi 聖徳太子尊像 statue of prince Shotoku Taishi .
at temple Hokke-Ji


Tamukeyama Hachiman no tachi ema 手向山八幡の立絵馬
standing votive tablet from Tamukeyama Hachiman shrine



. Tooshoodaiji no tama oogi 唐招提寺の宝扇 treasure fan
hoosen 宝扇, from temple Toshodai-Ji
Priest Ganjin 鑑真 and Toshodai-Ji

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ningyoo sumi 人形墨 dolls made from Sumi writing ink


奈良人形墨




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The Producing of "Sumi" Ink Sticks in Nara
Sumi is made from soot and bone-glue, but the quality and color tone of Sumi differ a great deal depending on what kind of raw materials are used.
- source :www.boku-undo.co.jp -


. sumi ningyoo 墨人形 dolls from Sumi writing ink - Introduction .

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Sakurai town 桜井市

Izumo ningyoo 出雲人形 Izumo dolls / 大和出雲人形 Yamato Izumo ningyoo



素朴な素焼の土人形大和出雲人形!
Simple but beautiful clay dolls.
Look for more samples on this page:
- source : nagomi1ban.com/yamato -

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Hase tsuchi ningyoo 初瀬土人形 clay dolls from Hase /Hatsuse
Hatsuse 初瀬 / Hatsuse Izumo Tsuchi Ningyoo 初瀬出雲土人形
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Okoso zukin 御高祖頭巾 Woman with a special hood

馬乗り小姓 Girl on a horse
唐人 Chinese man
福助 Fukusuke
source : newday.sakura.ne.jp

. Hasedera 長谷寺 Nara .

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Shigisan 信貴山 Mount Shigisan

. hariko no tora 張り子の虎 papermachee tiger .

初寅を明日にひかえて信貴詣で
hatsu tora o asu ni hikaete Shigi moode

tomorrow we have
the first day of the tiger -
visiting Temple Shigisan


Kei 惠以

WKD . First Day of the Tiger (hatsu tora)


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tsuratsura dorei つらつら土鈴 clay bells hanging below each other
tsubaki 奈良椿土鈴 camellia in five colors

More clay bells with motives from Nara :
二月堂瓜燈篭 / 天平鬼瓦土鈴 / 稲ホ飾り/ 鹿土鈴

kingyo dorei 金魚土鈴 clay bell with a goldfish



Made at the kilns of 赤膚焼 Akahada pottery - “red skin”pottery
since the Showa period.

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Akahadayaki 赤膚焼 Akahada pottery
Akahada is the name of the area in Nara where pottery kilns have been located for hundreds of years, serving temples, shrines and the imperial court. The origin of Akahada-yaki ceramics is not clearly known but it is said to have been recognized as an important kiln in the Momoyama-era (1568-1600), when a local samurai general, Toyotomi Hidenaga (1540-1591) invited a skilful potter to the Akahada area to produce Hidenaga’s tea ceremony bowls and tools.
Manufactured in Gojyo, Nara City, is one of the Enshu Seven Kilns so named because Kobori Enshu, a prominent tea master, loved them.
In the early Edo-era (1603-1868), one of the masters of the Japanese tea ceremony school, Kobori Enshu (1579-1647), was a great fan of Akahada-yaki and gave it his official patronage.
Typical Akahada-yaki ceramics have a thick round shape with a faintly reddish and white color produced by the unique chemicals used for the glaze and the iron-rich soil used. It has a silky touch and many Akahada-yaki ceramics are embossed with a rustic scene of people or deer. These are called Nara-e (pictures of Nara).
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. Kingyo 金魚 goldfish as folk toys

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Yoshino valley 吉野

. Yoshinobina 吉野雛 hina dolls from Yoshino .



Yoshino ningyoo 吉野人形 dolls from Yoshino


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. Reference and Photos . Gangu Guide .
. Reference and Photos . Isamu Folk Toys .
. Reference and Photos . Yama no Ie . Folk Toys .

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