Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum


Α new museum aims to present the beauty and history of ningyo (lit. human figures), in the context of Japanese culture, opened its doors on February 22, 2020 in the city of Saitama, in the historic ningyo district of Iwatsuki. The area is known from 17th century for its production of Japanese traditional dolls.

Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum exhibits different kinds of traditional dolls and related materials. Many of them are part of the ningyo collection assembled by the Nihonga (modern Japanese-style painting) artist Nishizawa Tekiho (1889–1965). His collection, which is known for its wide range and high quality, includes classic ningyo, folk toys and ningyo from other countries.

In addition to the dolls exhibition there is an exhibition room which introduces how ningyo are made, with a focus on ningyo from Iwatsuki. It exhibits tools and materials used in creating ningyo, reference materials. Also there are videos of craftspersons making ningyo.

The museum carries out lectures and hands-on workshops related to its exhibitions. Its programs are design to appeal to a wide age range, including adults as well as children.

photos: Junko Nagata © Japanbyweb.com

Website: Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum