Passport Number: 12565
Height: 36 cm
Weight: 630 g
and pants with red and white checkered pattern
hat made of same cloth
shoes and socks
(currently at Tawarazu Elementary School)
Music: Nagayo Motoori
A blue-eyed doll,
Made of celluloid,
Was born in America.
When she arrived at a harbor in Japan,
She had many tears in her eyes.
I do not understand the language.
If I get lost, what should I do?
Warm-hearted Japanese girls,
Please be my friends and play with me.
In 1921, Ujo Noguchi
published the children's song, "Blue-eyed Doll," in the magazine Kin
no Fune (Golden Ship). The song begins: "A blue-eyed doll, made
of celluloid, was born in America." Nagayo Motoori added music to the song.
Even today it is a song known and sung by many people.
In 1927, 12,739 Blue-eyed Dolls were given by America to elementary schools and
kindergartens in Japan with the hope of establishing friendships between
Japanese and American children. ( Among these dolls, 214 came to Ehime
Prefecture.) These Blue-eyed Dolls were loved dearly as treasures of the children of that
time. They sent to America a doll called "Hideko
Yamato" as a messenger doll to show their gratitude. However, times changed, and war broke out between Japan and
8, 1941)! There were orders given to destroy the dolls since they were
considered to be "hated enemies and American spies."
Now the children have become grandfathers and grandmothers, but when they think about
those times, they say "Our hearts are filled with sadness!" about what
happened then. Dolls that had done nothing wrong were considered spies. Groups
of children were even forced to carry out the destruction of dolls, and in those
times they had to do it with enthusiasm . . . war is quite horrible.
All of the Blue-eyed Dolls were supposed to have been disposed of, but in fact
they were protected secretly by a few kind people, and the dolls survived by
being hidden away in corners of closets and storerooms. Five of these dolls are
in Ehime Prefecture, and three remain in Akehama Town.
Passport Number: 7780
Height: 33 cm
Weight: 460 g
Clothing: White silk
dress and hat.
Shoes and socks
(Currently at Tawarazu Elementary
On March 15,
1973, a person who graduated from Tawarazu Elementary School saw the TV
program "Mary, the Doll Envoy" that was shown on NHK's
"Spotlight." This individual remembered that these dolls were
given to kindergartens and elementary schools, so Tawarazu Elementary
School was contacted. When the teachers searched the school, they found
Francetta and Norma within a wooden box in a corner of a shelf in the
arts and crafts room.
School's Blue-eyed Doll
Name: Pitty (name given by children)
Height: 36 cm
Clothing: Pants with a light-blue print pattern and suspenders.
She was wearing blue button-clasp
shoes on one foot only.
Every year since 1946, Mr. Higuchi, who
had served as principal at Karie Elementary School and who now lives in the city
of Matsuyama, told the story that there had been a Blue-eyed Doll at the school.
When they searched the school, it turned out that she had been laid down on top
of a shelf in the arts and crafts room. However,
there was no record that this doll was given to the school, and there is no way
to find out its name and origin.