Japanese make big dolls like real to reduce loneliness

A woman made dolls like her relatives and neighbours have died and now the doll is 10 times more than the residents in the village.

The photos were taken by photographer Trevor Mogg, 49 (English) recently when travelling through the village of Nagora, east of Shikoku (Japan).

Nagoro Village currently has 37 elderly people. During his tour, photographer Trevor Mogg saw about 150 dolls, out of at least 350 scattered in the village.

They were everywhere she sees, including the bus stop, in front of the house, on the road, in public areas, fields, parking lots, as if they were engaged in all life activities, Trevor told The Sun.

Những con búp bê ở khắp mọi nơi trong làng. Ảnh: Trevor Mogg.

The dolls were created by 65-year-old Tsukimi Ayano, one of the youngest residents of Nagoro village. In 2000, she left Osaka to take care of her father. Seeing that the place was too dull and lonely, Tsukimi began making dolls in an optimistic effort to help the “crowded” population.

“The village didn’t have a young man, meaning the local school was closed six years ago because there were no children”, the photographer Trevor added.

Một con búp bê cô đơn tựa cột. Ảnh: Trevor Mogg.

The replacement dolls in Nagoro village are miniature models of Japanese society with a serious decline in fertility. Japan’s population has gradually decreased, currently about 127 million. It is estimated that this number will be reduced to less than 100 million in the next 35 years.

Cities in Japan have implemented policies to encourage fertility, as well as to attract young people. Recently, the Japanese Prime Minister issued a policy to open 340,000 workers in the next 5 years to this country, in order to cope with the shortage of manpower. Rethink Tokyo also statistics that in 2013, there were 8.2 million abandoned houses in the whole of Japan and many prefectures were giving free houses to people.

The legal battle between dolls and rebel dolls

The legal dispute between the two world famous doll brands involves designers working for both firms.

Barbie is the name and brand of a famous doll announced by Mattel toy corporation in 1959. After Barbie “dominated” the toy market for 42 years, the Bratz dolls line of entertainment group MGA is born.

First appearing on screen in 2001 with a big head, thin body, thick lips, tight shirt and hippi-style jeans, Bratz dolls blew a breath of fresh air into the market for children’s toys. By 2006, Bratz dolls accounted for 40% of the doll market.

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In April 2005, MGA sued Mattel for stealing the “big head, thin body” of Bratz to design a version of My Scene in the Barbie series. Mattel countered by accusing artist Carter Bryant, who designed the dolls for MGA, that he built the idea of ​​a Bratz doll while still working for Mattel. Bryant worked for Mattel in two phases – September 1995 to April 1998 and January 1999 to October 2000. Bryant’s employment contract specifies every Bryant design to be Mattel’s property.

It was not until 2008 that the court heard the case between the two firms. Mattel accused MGA of manipulating Bryant while he was still working for Mattel. MGA’s lawyer said that Bryant created Bratz outside working hours so the labor result belongs to him.

In a July 2008 ruling, the court ordered MGA to pay Mattel $ 100 million because the first generation of Bratz dolls – including four samples of Cloe, Jade, Sasha and Yasmin – were born while Bryant was still working for Mattel. In December 2008, the court forced MGA to stop manufacturing and selling Bratz dolls.

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MGA appealed and in the appeal court, one judge concluded that Mattel could only claim ownership of the first four Bratz dolls and the next two models, not the whole sample MGA produced.

However, MGA later sued Mattel for stealing trade secrets related to Bratz dolls. In July 2010, the US District 9 Court of Appeals declared that MGA had the right to sell Bratz. On April 21, 2011, the court declared that Mattel stole 26 trade secrets of MGA, so the company had to pay MGA 3.4 million USD, making Mattel total compensation of 88.5 million USD. In addition, Mattel also had to pay the cost of up to 170 million USD.

Barbie announces skating star Tessa Virtue doll as part of ‘Role Models’ series

Tessa Virtue, a Canadian figure skating star, is getting a Barbie which was made in her likeness. She joins the iconic line of toy dolls as part of “Role Models” series of the doll brand Barbie.

Tessa Virtue’s doll features the red dress that in real life, she wore in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games’ free dance when Virtue and her partner Scott Moir won their second Olympic ice dance gold.

“SO EXCITED & HONOURED to be part of it,” Virtue tweeted. “More to come, need to collect my emotions first.”

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir ended the Pyeongchang Games as the most decorated skaters in the history of Olympic with three gold and two silver medals and then were named The Canadian Press team of the year 2018. Meanwhile, the Barbie website calls Virtue “one-half of a team known for their legendary elegance, athleticism, innovation, and their unparalleled ability to skate in unison.”

“The Barbie role model program is Mattel’s way of honoring women who are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. Tessa, like other honorees, was chosen because through hard work, determination, and dedication, she shows girls every day that you can be anything,” brand manager for Mattel Canada, Lisa Perry, said in a statement.

The “Role Model” dolls are part of the 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day of the brand Barbie to inspire the next generation by shining a light on women that are breaking boundaries in a variety of different career fields. Barbie will honor more than 20 women from various continents and countries, ranging from 19 to 85 years old and speaking 13 different languages.

Other women who have been a part of the series include aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, model Ashley Graham, tennis player Naomi Osaka, journalist Ita Buttrose, movie director Ava Duvernay, world-renowned chef Hélène Darroze, and gold-winning Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim.

Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Gets Her Own Barbie Doll

 

Being a tennis star with the world No. 1 spot, two grand slam titles, and recently Naomi Osaka has been honored by Barbie.

It’s to recognize the 21-year-old’s win at the 2018 US Open as well as her second consecutive grand slam title at the 2019 Australian Open that helped Osaka rise from world No. 72 to No. 1 – becoming the first Asian to hold the position.

The announcement that Naomi Osaka is to be celebrated with her own Barbie doll comes when toy manufacturer Mattel marks the iconic brand’s 60th birthday while March 8 is also International Women’s Day.

Osaka, whose father is from Haiti and mother is Japanese, tweeted earlier this week that she was proud of being considered as an influential female figure to young children.

She said: “Recently a lot of parents have been coming up to me and telling me that their kids look up to me, those words literally blew me away. I was honestly so shocked and felt this huge responsibility because I remember how important my role models are.”

“Fast forward a few days and I’m here at Indian Wells, I see all these kids that look so happy to see me and they ask for pictures and autographs … Honestly I wanted to cry because my heart feels so full in these moments and I realize that it isn’t just about tennis, it’s about inspiring the next generation.”

She also added: “Honored to be selected as a Barbie Role Model to help inspire the next generation of girls,” alongside a hashtag, “You can be anything.”

Kristina Vogel

Naomi Osaka is not alone in having the inspiring efforts that are celebrated by Barbie.

Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Kristina Vogel has also been commemorated by Barbie, with her doll sitting in a wheelchair.

“As a brand, we can elevate the conversation around physical disabilities by including them into our fashion doll line to further showcase a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion,” said Mattel last month.

How to make doll hair (part 1)

When making your own doll, the question will arise: what to do for her hair? The methods and styles of hair are various but there is an overview of the most widely used styles of doll hair. I hope it can help you find the right direction when creating a handmade natural doll.

Firstly, I want to confirm that I mainly use the natural fibers to create doll hair because they are more sustainable for me to use. However, using which kind of materials is totally up to you.

When choosing what kind of hair to make for your doll, you should consider these things:

  1. Is the doll you are creating a toy for a child?

If yes, consider what their age is and what kind of doll play they engage in? For the small children under 7-year-old, I only recommend yarn hair for their doll, whether string-attached or a crochet mohair wig.

  1. Age appropriateness

If your doll is for a bigger child, for example, the age appropriateness of 7+, I think that you will have more difficulties in deciding the styles and especially the length of the doll’s hair.

  1. Art dolls

If you are creating an art doll, certainly your creativity and use of materials can soar. However, I think a practical aspect to the creation of your doll is necessary and important.

Though many art dolls are created as something to be admired and appreciated, we are talking about the dolls which can be manipulated by their owners. Their hair can be styled, played with, and possibly washed. As a result, you have to consider the tear and wear, which the style you choose to give your doll’s hair will get.

Once you have decided the end-recipient for your doll, you can consider the hairstyle which is most suitable for their personality.

 

Fairy tales come true!

Wow! It has been a busy few weeks. You may have noticed my absence from the blogosphere. Moving house has taken up much of my time and I am heartily sick of boxes by now! I can’t wait to pack the last empty one into the recycling pile.

Life has not been all about moving. I have also been teaching. The Canadian Embroiderer’s Association held their annual conference in Ottawa and I was invited to teach there. I had a fun time with my great group of students!  It was like a holiday in the midst of all that’s been going on lately. To dip back into my wools and show people the joys of needle felting.
The class was called Fairy Tale Felt Folks. We had two days to get all the wonderful characters to emerge and progress to being finished. I’m happy to report that nearly all of the pieces were finished. That left everyone with a good sense of accomplishment. Me too! It didn’t take long before the students opted to stay in the classroom over break times and keep working. I love it when people get keen right away!
So here are the results. My own character was Puck, but while he made a great demo piece, he has yet to be finished!
We had a couple of Puss In Boots, and Crooked Men, some mythical figures and loads of imagination!

Let’s hear it for the boy!

In the doll making world, the guys are under appreciated. First off, there are fewer male doll artists. Those who do create dolls are excellent. Then there are fewer male characters produced. I can tell you from experience and comparing notes with my peers, that the male dolls don’t sell as well. Even when part of a pair. I can’t explain it really. Less glamour than their female counter parts?
Here’s a new cloth doll pattern by Linda Walsh. Linda’s patterns always come with a complete story for each doll. Peter here is no exception. Dressed in Colonial style with those big brown eyes, who could resist this guy? You can read his full story on Doll Street Dreamers.