My fascination for Japanese
dolls (ningyo) or
figure or shape”
started more than 30
years ago and
tremendously through the years.
doll gift from one
of the nuns at the Dominican Monastery
and the frequent visits to numerous
antique markets, shrine sales and antique
fairs throughout Japan increased my passion for Japanese dolls.
am now a proud collector of a range of antique dolls and I am still
looking for more.
Moreover armed with a collection of books on Japanese antique dolls and visits to doll museums etc.
I learnt to appreciate the beauty and aesthetics of a multitude of ningyos.
range of antique dolls in Japan also known
as the Land of
Dolls impressed upon me
that these objects of beauty created by deft and artistic hands were used
not only as toys but for a
purposes including festivals, celebrations, rituals, ceremonies etc.
Tachibina, Go-Gatsu, Takeda, Kimekomi, Ichimatsu, Daki, Kokeshi, Gosho, Issho,
and Earthen ningyos etc. provided a great source of joy for me not only in
studying and acquiring
them but also restoring some of these dolls.
Apart from my Japanese collection, I also collect non-Japanese dolls some of which are displayed
in this website.
Please enjoy viewing my dolls listed
in this web page.
Since I am also an artist I enjoy painting landscapes
and dolls in
oil and water color.
have a passion for pressed flowers.
Please view them
too. ( See links to "My Paintings" and Pressed Flower Art
I would also be happy to receive your feedback and comments.
Thank you and happy viewing.
Important Era in Japanese
Edo Period (1603-1867)
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Taisho Period (1912-1926)
Showa Period (1926-1989)