Reprinted with permission from
Dolls of Friendship, 2nd Edition,
copyright 1997, Sidney L. Gulick, 3d


The following song was written by a Japanese poet for the occasion of the Japanese Friendship Dolls leaving Japan in November 1927 to go to America:

From this land of the Sun to the Land of the Stars,
     Today from the door of your home, O Dolls,
Your black eyes unmoistened with tears,
     And your eyebrows uplifting, set forth.

To the hands held out in joyous welcome,
     Your hands extend, O Dolls.
In hands--yours and theirs--adorned with truth,
     Smiling flowers shall ever bloom.
Making our hearts your very own,
     Now travel afar, O Dolls,
And after crossing ten days of waves,
     Wherever you go you will find Spring.

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