Thank you for collecting funds for the homecoming
of the doll Miss Kinuko Nagano. A
87,075 yen donation was collected from everyone at Tsukama Elementary School,
and we sent the money to the "Japan Torei Friendship Doll Invitation
During the raising of these funds, we contacted the
Shinano Education Museum since we have a doll in the home economics room that looks like a
Blue-eyed Doll sent to Japan from America in 1927. The PTA Chairman, PTA Vice
Chairman, and the Principal thought it must be a doll from those days, but
there were some points they did not know well. They went to the
Yokohama Doll Museum in Kanagawa Prefecture. When the museum curator saw the
doll and confirmed their opinion, we knew it was a Blue-eyed Doll from 1927.
This Doll was sent to the branch schools (Kaichi-bu, Tamachi-bu,
Tsukama-bu, etc.) of one of the common elementary schools in Matsumoto City.
According to the Tsukama Elementary School 80th Anniversary Booklet, it is
recorded that drawings and thank-you letters were sent in 1927 to America as
thanks for this doll. About 12,700 dolls were given to elementary schools
throughout the country, but only 27 now remain within Nagano Prefecture (as
of November 20, 2003).
The dolls are very valuable since only two remain in Matsumoto City, one
at the Former Kaichi School and one Tsukama Elementary School. Furthermore,
the doll found at our school is a very rare doll whose eyes move
up and down and left and right.
Now this doll has one damaged eye and has its hair
pulled out, so we want to take good care of it and we are thinking about
repairing it to its original condition.
Tsukama Elementary School was completely burned down by a fire in 1931.
Please contact the school if you have any information about this doll
regarding how it survived the fire, where it was kept after the fire, or who
kept it. The people who were school children at Tsukama Elementary at the
time the doll was sent would now be about 85 years old. Recent information is
also fine, so we are waiting for much informaiton.
It's file to contact any school staff member, but Vice Principal Shinichi
Chigono is our official contact person.
Telephone: 25-0090 Fax: 29-0868
Some information sent to us