DEAR BOYS AND GIRLS IN JAPAN:
This doll messenger of friendship carries the greetings of
our Committee on World Friendship Among Children to you and to your family.
Notwithstanding her long voyage, your doll, I hope, will
still be able to say "Mama," and may also be able to open her eyes
and see the O Hina Matsuri and the new sights which you will show her in your
I wish to let you know that tens of thousands of American
children and young people, and older ones too, have become deeply interested
in Japan since they have heard of your beautiful festival. They are sending
many thousands of dolls like this one to say, so far as dolls can say it, how
much we wish for you, and for all the children in Japan, joy and prosperity,
health and long life.
Knowing as I do, from my many years of life in your country,
that you will at once begin to ask what you should send to the givers of your
doll as an expression of your appreciation, may I suggest that you send a
thank-you letter, and perhaps a picture postcard showing your wonderful cherry
blossoms or your glorious chrysanthemums?. . . Our children will be eagerly
waiting for a letter, written in Japanese or in English on your pretty
Japanese letter paper. And if you have a photograph of yourself, that, too,
will be highly appreciated.
In case by chance the name and address of the senders of
your doll has been lost on the way, if you will send your letter to my care,
giving the number on your doll's passport, I will try to trace the clues and
get your letter to the right person.
Hoping that you and your sisters and friends may all have
great fun with your American doll, and that your country and ours may always
be loyal friends, I am, with all good wishes,
Very cordially yours,
SIDNEY L. GULICK