Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011: Hakata Doll Painting

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After the visit to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and some umegae mochi making, I was brought to the Shogetsudo Hakata Doll Shop located along the Hakata River in Nakasu shopping district.

 

Established in 1947, the family-run shop is housed in an old brown building and is one of the few shops left in Fukuoka that is dedicated to Hakata Ningyo, handcrafted ceramic dolls that date back to 1601.

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Filled with rows of glasses classes, you can find dolls in all shapes and sizes.

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Just look at the details on some of these dolls… how do they do it without their hands shaking?!

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I was given a small palm-sized ceramic doll and the freedom of creativity to paint it any way I wanted.

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261575_219316568102588_131620790205500_683663_1113793_n267857_219316588102586_131620790205500_683664_6847832_nIt wasn’t easy to control the paint brush and make tiny strokes and lines. The paints they provided were also too watery and not thick enough, plus the brushes were not ‘sharp’ enough. Then again, I’m a noob.

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After going through the painting of this little doll, I am full of greater respect for the masterful artists of the huge dolls which are complete with intricate details.

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Next: Famous pork-broth ramen at Ippudo Tao…


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