Japanese people have an exceptional feeling for dolls and traditionally have cherished the doll culture. Even today, the affection for dolls that has been handed down among Japanese people is found in the figurines of different characters. In Japan, the paradise of toys, children never lacked objects to love and caress. But, for more than ten-thousand years, Ningyo, have earned a hallowed place in the Japanese home as lair protectors, fertility boosters, and offspring guardians. They’ve served loftier functions than mere “play.”
Among the most familiar and popular Japanese dolls are the Hina Ningyo (ornamental dolls for Girls’ Day) and the Gogatsu Ningyo (ornamental dolls for Girls’ Day).Most families with girls display Hina Ningyo dolls for Girls’ Day or Hina Matsuri (doll festival) on March 3rd praying for the daughters’ healthy growth and happiness. They are usually arranged on a three to five-tiered platform.
An exhibit, entitled “Ningyo: The Fascinating World of Japanese Dolls,” opened last October 11, 2016 at the Institutional History and Changing Exhibitions Gallery of USC Museum, A. Dingman Building, USC Downtown Campus, P. del Rosario Street.
Ningyo: The Fascinating World of Japanese Dolls is the first exhibition of a series called Japanophily organized by the USC Museum. The Ningyo exhibit runs at the USC Museum from October 11 to November 12 after which it will transfer to the Learning Resource Center at the Talamban Campus.Japanese dolls are a part of the USC Museum collection to mark 60 years of Philippines-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. “Ningyo: The Fascinating World of Japanese Dolls is open to the public.