Blue-eyed Doll at Odaki Elementary
This doll is the
Here we want to introduce our school's Blue-eyed Doll.
is Odaki Elementary School's Blue-eyed Doll, Pleasant Sunshine. This
doll came in 1927 as a doll ambassador, which was accomplished based on
a proposal by an American, Dr. Sidney Gulick. After the doll came, each
year a celebration took place at the school to remember the doll's
arrival. When it became cold, the doll was given a blanket and they knit her a woolen
hat and clothes and dressed her in them.
when the war become more intense, the dolls were considered to be a
symbol of an enemy country. All over Japan the dolls were burnt and
However, Pleasant Sunshine was protected. The principal at that time
secretly hid the doll on a shelf in the science room.
In 1964, when the school building was rebuilt, Sunshine was found on
Thus, Sunshine, protected by
the people of Odaki, even now is displayed in a glass cabinet in the
principal's office and is cherished as a treasure of the school. Like
Sunshine, now there are about 300 Blue-eyed Dolls remaining throughout Japan. In
the future we will continue to take good of Sunshine as a treasure of
Odaki Elementary School.
This is an English translation of a
American Blue-eyed Dolls - Individual Dolls
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