dolls palace


She spied on our lives through the little dolls eyes and saw that we weren’t happy. So she lured us away with treasures and treats and games to play. Gave all that we asked for…yet we still wanted more. So we let her sew the buttons. She said she loved us, but she locked us here and ate up our lives.

Genroku Doll Display 1905. A geiko (geisha) from Osaka dressed in the Genroku Style, setting out a historical Hina-matsuri (Doll Festival) display, a gosho-ningyō (Palace doll), a pair of inu-bako (dog boxes), and an amagatsu-ningyō (Heavenly-child doll).  Text and image via Blue Ruin 1 on Flickr

“On the right is Maiko Momotaro. I love the kimono of the girl next to her (second from the right), which is covered with images of Gosho Ningyo (Palace Dolls). Gosho Ningyo were special dolls that were commissioned by the Imperial Court families of Japan during the Edo period (1600 - 1867 CE), they are usually portrayed as rotund, cherub-like children at play.”  Text and image via Blue Ruin 1 of Flickr