There are many types of Japanese dolls. The dolls are a combination of paper mache, wire, fabric, and two materials unique to Japanese dolls: gofun and washi paper. Gofun is made from ground eggshells mixed with adhesive.
The Nishi doll is approximately inches tall and has a wood lacquer base. This doll was for sale with other items. Pictures of a scrimshaw doll attached.
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There are various types of traditional dollssome representing children and babies, some the imperial court, warriors and heroes, fairy-tale characters, gods and rarely demons, and also people of the daily life of Japanese cities. Many have a long tradition and are still made today, for household shrines, for formal gift-giving, or for festival celebrations such as Hinamatsurithe doll festival, or Kodomo no HiChildren's Day. Some are manufactured as a local craft, to be purchased by pilgrims as a souvenir of a temple visit or some other trip.
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Three separate stands displaying five Nishi fabric dollsdated between the s and s. The first and largest Nishi Geisha can be seen in the foreground of the cabinet on the left, wearing a red kimono and traditional broad-brimmed kasa had while holding an umbrella. The second stand, behind the first Nishi doll, holds a pair of dancing Nishi dolls, a man and a woman. The man wears a cream and green obi, while the geisha beside him wears a red kimono with blue patterns.
Kanazawa has three! But the significantly smaller, yet equally charming Nisha Chaya and Kazue-machi districts are hidden gems in Kanazawa that few know. Along these streets are many still-active tea houses open only in the evening and only to select clientele.
It does not cover every doll, because many were made by individual artists. These three figures are discussed on the Onnagata and Oiran page, with illustrations. The first two of the three dolls below appear to represent women; they show the role, rather than the onnagata or male actor playing the woman. The third doll, the Kagami Jishi lion, has a more masculine appearance and stage makeup to cue the viewer to understand that it represents an actor playing a lion.