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Individual Dolls

Miss Shimane

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

This section gives information about several of the individual Japanese Friendship Dolls sent to America in 1927.
  • Miss Aichi - Originally went to Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, but the location of the doll is now not known.
  • Miss Akita - Has sister named Miss Yukiko Yokote.
  • Miss Aomori - Bought for $10 in 1963 and loved for many years.
  • Miss Chosen - 41st Japanese Friendship Doll found in U.S. Chosen is the Japanese name for Korea.
  • Miss Ehime - Original doll disappeared during Hurricane Camille in 1969. Thanks to contributions of children in Ehime Prefecture, new doll sent as replacement in 1988. However, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the new doll in 2005.
  • Miss Fukushima - Article by Alan Pate, owner of Antique Japanese Dolls, gives the known history of Miss Fukushima.
  • Miss Fukuoka - Ceremony held at the Yokohama Doll Museum to welcome Miss Fukuoka on her third homecoming trip to Japan.
  • Miss Gifu - Made homecoming to Japan in 1995 and 1996.
  • Miss Hiroshima - First Japanese Friendship Doll to make a homecoming to Japan. Taken back to Hiroshima by a Japanese-American woman who had stored the doll in her home during World War II.
  • Miss Hyogo - Visited Japan for conservation and exhibit in the Japanese cities of Kobe and Himeji in March and April 1997.
  • Miss Ibaragi (or Ibaraki) - Her name of Kasumi Tsukuba reflects the prefecture for which she is named. Kasumi, located in Ibaraki Prefecture, is the second largest lake in Japan. Tsukuba is the name of a large city in Ibaraki Prefecture. Will return to Japan in October 2006 for restoration and display.
  • Miss Iwate - Over the years on display at the Birmingham Public Library for various functions.
  • Miss Japan - Most exquisite of the Japanese Friendship Dolls now lies in a storage box.
  • Miss Kagawa - Only Friendship Doll to remain on display in America during World War II.
  • Miss Kagoshima - Web page on doll contains thank-you letters from the Governor of Arizona and the Director of the Arizona Museum, which originally received the doll from Japan.
  • Miss Kobe - Originally given to museum in Connecticut, but current location not known.
  • Miss Kochi - Her homecoming to Japan in 1993 led to friendships between people in Kochi Prefecture and Pittsburgh.
  • Miss Kyoto-fu - Located in Boston Children's Museum.
  • Miss Mie - This doll is located at the University of Nebraska Museum. The Museum has a web page about Miss Mie with an interesting discussion of the difficulties in identifying the doll. Some of the Japanese Friendship Dolls were not kept together with their stands, passports, and steamship tickets when they were transported within the US in 1928, so researchers must try to identify the dolls in other ways such as trying to match the crests woven into their kimonos to original photographs.
  • Miss Miyagi - Returned to Miyagi Prefecture for homecoming in May 2003.
  • Miss Nagano - For many years this doll was thought to be Miss Karafuto (Sakhalin), but was correctly identified based on her kimono design.
  • Miss Nagasaki - Long thought to be Miss Aomori. Homecoming to Nagasaki Prefecture from February to April 2003.
  • Miss Nara - Many people in Idaho and Nara Prefecture contributed to her restoration in 1994.
  • New Miss Nara - Made in 1994 by the son of the doll maker who made Miss Nara in 1927.
  • Miss Oita - May actually be Miss Iwate. Filmed in May 2001 for Japanese TV feature on "Friendship Dolls."
  • Miss Okayama - The Okayama Chapter of the Japanese American Cultural Exchange Society raised money to have the doll returned to Japan so she could be restored. Miss Okayama returned to Japan in 2001 and 2002. The Sanyo Shimbun published an 8-part series on Miss Okayama and Her Times. Her original kimono shows five of the mon (family crest) of the Sasaki family from Okayama Prefecture. They were makers of high-class kimono for several hundred years.
  • Miss Osaka-shi - Came from Japan accompanied by her little brother.
  • Miss Saitama - Also named Tamako. Had homecoming in Japan at the Saitama Peace Museum.
  • Miss Shimane - Her steamer ticket, passport, and accessories are still part of the collections of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. In 1998 at Indiana University's Southeast Campus, Miss Shimane reunited with Miss Toyama after a 70-year separation.
  • Miss Taiwan - On display in 2003 for the first time in many decades.
  • Miss Tochigi - Named Sachiko Nikko. Nikko, in Tochigi Prefecture, is recognized worldwide for its temples and shrines. 
  • Miss Tokushima - Every year she attends the Doll Festival, or Hina Matsuri, at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute.
  • Miss Tottori - Her companion, Mr. Tottori, is also exhibited at museum in South Dakota.
  • Miss Toyama - Until 1992, museum officials thought Miss Toyama had been "drowned" in 1937 flood.
  • Miss Yamagata - Since her original kimono became very faded, she is now dressed in a colorful kimono made in 1919.
  • Miss Yamanashi - Full name is Miss Fujiko Yamanashi. Accompanied by tea service set, furniture, lanterns, and 21 other items. 
  • Miss Yokohama - Also called "Hamako." One of seven Friendship Dolls made in 1927 in Kyoto.

In addition to the 58 dolls given by Japan in 1927, other dolls were sent soon after by Japan to express thanks for the wonderful gift of the American Blue-eyed Dolls. For example, the city of Okazaki in Aichi Prefecture sent Miss Okazaki in 1928. Another school in Aichi Prefecture sent Miss Fukue Atsumi in 1927 to a Sunday school class in Fullerton, California.

Last Update: February 13, 2011


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