Article from The New York Times, March 4, 1927.
 

Japan Officially Hails Dolls From America

Children Formally Receive Gifts as Two Nations' Spokesmen Exchange Friendly Words

 
TOKIO, March 3.--With appropriate and charming ceremonies selected dolls from American children as gifts were today handed over to representatives of the Japanese children. The idea of sending the gifts, about 11,000 in all, to such a cheerful family anniversary as the annual girls' festival touched the imagination of the Japanese people, and probably every home in Japan today heard friendly talk about America.

Although nothing of a political event, the ceremony had certain importance as showing that influential Japanese are keen to reciprocate American efforts to promote good feeling, also as marking a tangible degree of success already obtained.

The gathering assembled in a building attached to the beautiful Meiji shrine. M. Matsuura, Vice Minister of Education, presided. American Ambassador MacVeagh, Foreign Minister Shidehara, Mr. Okada, Minister of Education, Viscount Shibusawa and other prominent persons were present, but the leading parts were left to the children.

Little Miss Tokugawa, granddaughter of Prince Tokugawa, accepted "Miss America" from Betty Ballantine, 7-year-old daughter of the American Consul General. Then forty-eight children from the American school handed forty-eight dolls, each representing a State, to a similar number of Japanese girls chosen chiefly from the Peeresses' school. The American children sang American songs and the Japanese children responded with a doll song in Japanese.

Speeches touching on the friendship between American and Japan were made by Ambassador MacVeagh, Baron Shidehara, Viscount Shibusawa and others. Girl students served as stewards, and the audience included children from the girls' kindergarten, primary and high schools of Tokio. The American Association presented candies to every child present. About 150 local American women attended.

The dolls are being distributed to girls of primary and kindergarten schools throughout Japan.

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