A “Japanese Traditional Dolls” exhibition will be held in Hanoi this month aiming to mark the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Year and International Women’s Day in style.
Dolls have been a part of everyday life in Japan since ancient times and reflect the customs of the nation and the aspirations of its people.
They are categorized in many ways according to techniques and material used, as well as the themes and shapes.
The exhibition features over 250 dolls in two venues. The Vietnamese Women’s Museum will be displaying over 200, mainly Edo-Kimekomi models or Hina Matsuri, warrior dolls.
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam has a long-time collection of around 40 selected pieces, including female models dressed in kimonos, and Noh and Kabuki, Hakata, clay and Kokeshi pieces.
In addition, Japanese culture-related activities such as visitors having the chance to try on Kimono/Yukatas, Origami workshops and traditional games will be also presented at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum (mainly on opening day).
The exhibition is the result of cooperation between the Japan Foundation Center and Vietnamese Women’s Museum, the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam, Traditional Edo-kimekomi Dolls Saciei-kai and Kimono Cultural Exchange Association.
It runs from March 7 to 31 at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi and at the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, 27 Quang Trung Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.