Japanese Friendship Dolls
section gives information about several of the individual Japanese
Friendship Dolls sent to America in 1927.
Miss Aichi -
Originally went to Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, but the
location of the doll is now not known.
Miss Akita -
Has sister named Miss Yukiko Yokote.
Miss Aomori -
Bought for $10 in 1963 and loved for many years.
Chosen - 41st Japanese Friendship Doll found in U.S. Chosen is the Japanese name for Korea.
Ehime - Original doll disappeared
during Hurricane Camille in 1969. Thanks to contributions of children in
Ehime Prefecture, new doll sent as replacement in 1988. However,
Hurricane Katrina destroyed the new doll in 2005.
Miss Fukushima - Article by Alan Pate, owner of Antique Japanese
Dolls, gives the known history of Miss Fukushima.
- Ceremony held at the
Yokohama Doll Museum to welcome Miss Fukuoka on her third homecoming trip to Japan.
Miss Gifu -
Made homecoming to Japan in 1995 and 1996.
Hiroshima - First Japanese Friendship Doll to make a homecoming to
Japan. Taken back to Hiroshima by a Japanese-American woman who had
stored the doll in her home during World War II.
Miss Hyogo -
Visited Japan for conservation and exhibit in the Japanese cities of Kobe and
Himeji in March and April 1997.
Miss Ibaragi (or Ibaraki) - Her name of Kasumi Tsukuba
reflects the prefecture for which she is named. Kasumi, located in
Ibaraki Prefecture, is the second largest lake in Japan. Tsukuba is the
name of a large city in Ibaraki Prefecture. Will return to Japan in
October 2006 for restoration and display.
Iwate - Over the years on display at the Birmingham Public Library
for various functions.
Miss Japan -
Most exquisite of the Japanese Friendship Dolls now lies in a storage
Miss Kagawa -
Only Friendship Doll to remain on display in America during World War
- Web page on doll contains thank-you letters from the Governor of
Arizona and the Director of the Arizona Museum, which originally
received the doll from Japan.
Miss Kobe -
Originally given to museum in Connecticut, but current location not known.
Miss Kochi -
Her homecoming to Japan in 1993 led to friendships between people in
Kochi Prefecture and Pittsburgh.
Miss Kyoto-fu -
Located in Boston Children's Museum.
Miss Mie - This
doll is located at the University of Nebraska Museum. The Museum has a
web page about Miss Mie with an interesting discussion of the difficulties in
identifying the doll. Some of the Japanese Friendship Dolls were not kept together
with their stands, passports, and steamship tickets when they were transported within the
US in 1928, so researchers must try to identify the dolls in other ways
such as trying to match the crests woven into their kimonos to original
Miss Miyagi -
Returned to Miyagi Prefecture for homecoming in May 2003.
Miss Nagano -
For many years this doll was thought to be Miss Karafuto (Sakhalin), but
was correctly identified based on her kimono design. Returned for
homecoming to Nagano Prefecture in 2004. Masaru Aoki, a dollmaker from
Yoshitoku Doll Company in Tokyo who was involved with Miss Nagano's
restoration, visited her in Delaware in 2013 (see
on blog of Delaware Historical Society).
- Long thought to be Miss Aomori. Homecoming to Nagasaki Prefecture from
February to April 2003.
Miss Nara -
Many people in Idaho and Nara Prefecture contributed to her restoration
New Miss Nara
- Made in 1994 by the son of the doll maker who made Miss Nara in 1927.
Oita - May actually be Miss Iwate. Filmed in May 2001 for Japanese
TV feature on "Friendship Dolls."
Okayama - The Okayama Chapter of the Japanese American Cultural
Exchange Society raised money to have the doll returned to Japan so she
could be restored. Miss Okayama returned to Japan in 2001 and 2002. The Sanyo
Shimbun published an 8-part series on Miss
Okayama and Her Times. Her original kimono shows five
of the mon (family crest) of the Sasaki family from Okayama
Prefecture. They were makers of high-class kimono for several hundred
- Came from Japan accompanied by her little brother.
Miss Saitama -
Also named Tamako. Had homecoming in Japan at the Saitama Peace Museum.
- Her steamer ticket, passport, and accessories are still part of the
collections of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. In 1998 at Indiana University's Southeast
Shimane reunited with Miss Toyama after a
Taiwan - On display in 2003 for the first time in many decades.
- Named Sachiko Nikko. Nikko, in Tochigi Prefecture, is recognized
worldwide for its temples and shrines.
- Every year she attends the Doll
Festival, or Hina Matsuri, at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute.
- Her companion, Mr. Tottori, is also exhibited at museum in South
Miss Toyama - Until
1992, museum officials thought Miss Toyama had been "drowned"
in 1937 flood.
- Since her original kimono became very faded, she is now dressed in a
colorful kimono made in 1919.
- Full name is Miss Fujiko Yamanashi. Accompanied by tea service set,
furniture, lanterns, and 21 other items.
- Also called "Hamako." One of seven Friendship Dolls made in
1927 in Kyoto.
In addition to the 58 dolls given by Japan in
1927, other dolls were sent soon after by Japan to express thanks for the
wonderful gift of the American Blue-eyed
Dolls. For example, the city of Okazaki in Aichi Prefecture sent Miss
Okazaki in 1928. Another school in Aichi Prefecture sent Miss
Fukue Atsumi in 1927 to a Sunday school class in Fullerton, California.
Last Update: November 6, 2013