TokyoStreetView: Japanese Traditional Dolls (4K VIDEO)
From the Editor:
On the tech side of our original video coverage, there's nothing better than the IREX international robotics trade show, or if cars are your thing, the DRiFTWiRED music video shot in the mountains of Tochigi is one of a kind, but we also share more contemplative, day to day slices of Japanese life. In the vein of the latter, we hope you enjoy our latest video feature, presented in beautiful 4K (don't forget to dial up the YouTube resolution!).
Japanese Traditional Dolls
As in any culture, dolls, or ningyō, have been and are still very popular in Japan. Today we had the chance to share with you some of the gorgeous work of Fukuda-sensei, a Japanese doll master we had the chance to meet while exploring a private collection in Tokyo.
Unlike Europe, for example, Japanese dolls were not only childrens’ toys but also considered to be art, in much the same way as statues are art, and this is how they are treated in many Japanese homes.
Like an elaborate sculpture, it can take up to a year to make such a doll from start to finish. Due to the delicate nature of the materials involved and the time required for the paint to dry, doll masters pay close attention to humidity when working. They sometimes need up to a month to finish a doll’s head.
Finally, on average a doll costs between ¥100,000 - ¥500,000 (~$800 - $4,000), but the rarest ones can fetch up to several million yen (tens of thousands of dollars), depending on how famous the artist is.
From the Contributor:
Beautiful Japan; a Love Story.
Japan is a world apart from everything you know. It’s a place like no other, built on centuries of tradition and unrivaled attention to detail. Japan is a cultural Galapagos out of reach for many, and it often remains an untouched mystery even for the lucky few who’ve come to call it their home.
A True Contemplative Experience.
TokyoStreetView is born of a passion for life in Japan, and the series aims to offer others around the world a chance to enjoy a bias-free experience of its many wonders. Unlike other videos you may find on Japan, TokyoStreetView’s are purely contemplative: our camera(s) are your eyes and our tripod is your chair, just sit with us, relax, and let an amazing world unfold in front of you in a succession of short ~10-second sequences of RAW 4K video.
We hope our passion for this mesmerizing country will touch your heart, and, through our videos, you’ll feel some of the wonder we held from the first day we set foot on this beautiful archipelago.