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Iwatsuki Doll Town • Meanwhile in Japan
The town of Iwatsuki is said to have over 300 doll-makers and 100 shops that sell them. They’ve been making dolls there since the 1700s, when doll-makers started setting up shop there because the kiri (paulonia) trees there excellent for woodcarving. It soon became a center for the production of hina dolls, and the tradition …