Konan Town Rediscovered!!
She Survived!! The
This is the story
about the Blue-eyed Dolls that came from America.
In March 1927, 74 years ago, 12,789 dolls were sent by
America to Japan. The following message was attached to each
one of these dolls:
Let's always keep the friendship between Japan and
America. This doll is a Messenger of Goodwill. Please let her
participate in Japan's Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival).
At that time those dolls were called "Blue-eyed
Dolls," and they were distributed to elementary schools
throughout Japan. At the schools they were loved by the
children, and various nicknames were given to
Afterward, times changed, and World War II began. Many of these dolls
suffered a sad fate, being destroyed in the war devastation and being burned
or thrown away as enemy dolls. One doll that made it through the rough waves
of such a history remains in Konan Town even now. The
photo above shows the Blue-eyed Doll that still exists at Daini
Elementary School (formerly Minami Soma Elementary School).
At this school the doll is affectionately called Mary by today's elementary school students.
On the right is a photo showing the welcoming ceremony in 1927 at
Konan Chubu Elementary School (formerly Tatsuike Elementary
School). It is moving to see this photo with the Blue-eyed
Doll and a Japanese doll making friends with each other, surrounded by a
representative from each of the six grades. We are interested in their names.
If there is anyone who knows, please tell us.
Shiga Prefecture two dolls have been confirmed to exist,
with the other remaining doll being at Hirano Elementary
School in Otsu City. According to research, there are 300
dolls that remain in Japan.
We want to always take good care of these dolls as
symbols of the deep friendship that has survived the war between
the two countries.
Source: Konan Machikado Hyakka
(Encyclopedia of Konan Town)
This is an English translation of a Japanese
web page (link no longer available).
Special thanks to Konan Town for permission to publish this web page.
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