Media August 2014

Dolls show spirit of post-quake resilience

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decorates his tumble doll.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decorates his tumble doll.

A series of tumble dolls—some of which were crafted by celebrity designers—traditional to Fukushima Prefecture have been on display at the Houses of Parliament, The Japan Times reported on 8 July.

Fukushima expatriates living in Britain organised the display. They say the okiagari-koboshi dolls, which right themselves when tipped over, demonstrate the fortitude of the local people, and Japan’s efforts to rebuild following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Among the famous creators who painted the dolls are Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Manchester United and Japan national football player Shinji Kagawa.

After travelling to events in London, the dolls will be returned to Fukushima to be publicly displayed there.