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Japan Collection

Japan Collection

Boston Children's Museum's Japanese collections include approximately 4000 artifacts that illustrate daily life in Japan as it evolved from earlier periods, such as the Edo and Meiji, to the present day. Almost half of the collection is on view in Japan Study Storage, which highlights selected groups such as dolls, folk craft and clothing. In general, the Japanese collection includes objects that describe folk characters and traditions; relate to or are a part of various festivals such as Girls’ and Boys’ Days; have to do with time-honored customs and traditional arts valued by the society such as the tea ceremony; have to do with children, especially educational materials; and document and are a part of family and home life, and in particular, relate to and support our programs in the Kyo-no-Machiya (Japanese House). The single largest artifact in the collection is the authentic Japanese House, donated by the city of Kyoto, Japan in 1980. One of only a few examples of vernacular Japanese architecture from its period in this country or in Japan, the Japanese House exhibit is the centerpiece of the Museum's Japanese Collection.
Calligraphy set, 1977

 

Calligraphy set, 1977

Japan

Wood, lacquer, gold, stone, ceramic

Donated by Mrs. Jo Marsh, 1977

AB 77-19

Child's Geta (Sandals

 

Child's Geta (Sandals), date unknown

Japan

Wood, laquer

Donated by Miss J. Dorothy Gordon and Miss Edith M. Gordon, 1960

AB XX 96

Kimono, 1976

 

Kimono, 1976

Japan

Silk

Donated by the Citizens of Kyoto, Japan, 1976

Gift of Mrs. Hiroko Kizawa

AB 76-133

Sagara kite, 1976

 

Sagara kite, 1976

Japan

Paper, ink, wood, silk

Donated by the Citizens of Kyoto, Japan, 1976

Gift of Mrs. Hiroko Kizawa

AB 76-117

Kokeshi doll, 1983

 

Kokeshi doll, 1983

Tzutae Sato, Japan

Wood, paint

Donated by Yoshio Uemura, 1983

AB 85-33

Hyotokku mask, 1980s

 

Hyotokku mask, 1980s

Japan

Papier-mâché

Purchased by the Children’s Museum, 1985

2009.103.1

Ms. Kyoto-fu, 1926

 

Ms. Kyoto-fu, 1926

Ichimatsu Ambassador Friendship Doll Hirata Goyo, Tokyo, Japan

Composition doll, cloth, hair, wood

Donated by the Committee on World Friendship Among Children, 1928

AB 782.1

Glazed pottery bowl in wooden box, 1976

 

Glazed pottery bowl in wooden box, 1976

Kyoto, Japan

Clay, wood, ceramic, glaze

Donated by the Citizens of Kyoto, Japan, 1976; Gift of Mrs. Hiroko Kizawa

AB 76-120

Set of Sake cups, 1961

 

Set of Sake cups, 1961

Japan

Wood, lacquer

Donated by Mrs. George F. Howe, 1961

AB XX 121, AB XX 122, AB XX 124, (clockwise from top left)

 Toy Tiger, 1980s

 

Toy Tiger, 1980s

Kuroshiki City, Okayama, Japan

Papier-mâché

Purchased by the Children’s Museum, 1985

AB 85-53

Daruma, 1980s

 

Daruma, 1980s

Japan

Paper maché

Purchased by the Children’s Museum, 1985

AB 85-55