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Visit date - 07/10/2016
Edit date - 03/24/2020
revision - 05/02/2020

On display are folk crafts and toys
from all over Japan,
with a focus on "DOREI(= earthen chimes)".
Also exhibits folk art from around the world.

"DOREI" is a bell made by baking the soil.
Used as an amulet or local toy.
There is a dull sound whwn shaken.

Here's a picture of the entire museum.
DOREI and other folk artifacts are on display in the building.

This is the area where the museum's theme, DOREI(= earthen chimes), is displayed.

The size of the DOREI varies, but it can be displayed in a beautiful way as shown in the photo.

This is DOREI in Hokkaido.

This is DOREI in Tohoku area.

This is DOREI in Tochigi Prefecture (Kanto area).

This is DOREI in Gunma Prefecture (Kanto area).

This is DOREI in Tokyo (Kanto area).

This is DOREI in Kanagawa Prefecture (Kanto area).

This is DOREI in Yamanashi Prefecture (Kanto area).

This is DOREI in Nagano Prefecture (Kanto area).

This is DOREI in Hokuriku area.

This is DOREI in Toyama Prefecture (Hokuriku area).

This is DOREI in Gifu Prefecture (Tokai area).

This is DOREI in Aichi Prefecture (Tokai area).

This is DOREI in Mie Prefecture (Tokai area).

This is DOREI in Shizuoka Prefecture (Tokai area).

This is DOREI in Kansai area.

This is DOREI in Shiga and Kyoto (Kansai area).

This is DOREI in Osaka (Kansai area).

This is DOREI in Nara Prefecture (Kansai area).

This is DOREI in Chugoku area.

This is DOREI in Shikoku area.

This is DOREI in Kyusyu area.

This is the DOREI of each character.

It is a DOREI that represents faith.

DOREI isn't the only museum on display here.
The following is a list of Japanese folk art products other than DOREI.

A "MANEKI-NEKO (beckoning cat)" is a cat figurine that looks like a cat inviting people with its front paws.
It is said to be a good luck charm for prosperity in business.

It is said that MARUSHIME-NEKO is the origin of MANEKI-NEKO.
MARUSHIME-NEKO is one of the Imado Clay-dolls in Tokyo.

A cat with its right hand raised invites money luck.
It is said that a cat with its left hand raised invites people (guests).

Along with Oni and Tengu, Kappa is one of the most famous of the Japanese spirits (Japanese gods).
A kappa is a river spirit or a messenger of a river spirit.

Japanese Oni Exchange Museum Kirishima Tengu Museum

This is a Hariko(papier-mache) mask.

The Hariko is a folk art piece made from waste paper.
The Hariko is a folk craft unique to urban areas such as castle towns where a lot of anti-koshi paper is produced, and its suburbs.
Masks and Daruma were often made with Hariko.

Daruma was modeled after Daruma, a monk who brought Buddhism from India to China.

The fact that Daruma has no arms or legs is an expression of the legend that Daruma's arms and legs decayed as he continued to do zazen.

Most of the traditional kokeshi dolls are produced in hot spring areas in the mountains.
It is said that the origin of kokeshi dolls is that the woodworkers there started making them as children's toys or souvenirs for the guests of the hot spring resort.


This is a doll made of bamboo.

Hina dolls are dolls related to the Japanese faith.
During the Nara period (710- ) in Japan, many children died before they reached adulthood due to underdeveloped medical and hygiene conditions, so it is said that dolls were made with the meaning of exorcism and good luck.

Japanese kite.

Hagoita is a rectangular, patterned board.
It is used to play with Kokinoko, a ball with wings.
There are records that it existed in the 15th century.

Temari is one of the oldest playground equipment in Japan.
It became popular after the middle of the Edo period (1680-) and was especially popular as a game on New Year's Day.
In recent years, it has become less popular as a toy and more popular as a traditional handicraft.

Chouchin means "light held in the hand".
In other words, the Chouchin is an old Japanese flashlight.
In the old days, we used to use candles.
Nowadays, we use light bulbs.
Chouchin is used in festivals and other events, signage, interior design, and souvenirs.

Ema is a wooden board with a picture on it.
Ema is dedicated to shrines and temples.
It is used for praying to shrines and temples.
It is also used when your wish comes true.

Tsuukoutegata is similar to Ema, but different.
The Tsuukoutegata is a pass that was used in the Edo period (1603-1867).
In those days, Japan was obliged to apply for the Tuukoutegata when traveling within the country, and the certificate of permission was the Tuukoutegata.

A kakejiku is a calligraphy or oriental painting that is covered with fabric or paper.
Hang it on the wall to appreciate it.

The owl is treated as a good luck charm by the Japanese.
It has to do with the pronunciation of the word owl when it is put into words.
The owl is said to bring "good luck", "no hardships", "information comes in", "money", etc.

Sarubobo means "baby monkey".
These dolls have been made in Hida area of Gifu prefecture since long time ago.
It is filled with wishes for "safe delivery", "good marriage", "growth of children" and "good health".

Carved wooden bears are a folk art of Hokkaido.

Old Japanese coins are also on display.

Old cigarettes are also on display.

Modern children's toys are also on display.

This is Tsuchi-Ningyou (clay-dolls).
Similar to DOREI, but no sound.
Tsuchi-Ningyou has many exhibits at the "Japan Clay-Doll Museum".

Japan Clay-Doll Museum

This is a clay doll modeled after Sugawara Michizane (845-903).
This is called Tenjin-sama.
He is believed by people to be a spirit(Japanese god) of learning because he was able to study well.

The Fukusuke doll is a doll that is said to bring happiness.
He is a seated man with a large head and chonmage-hair.

The museum also displays folk artifacts from around the world.


1554-6 ShirotorichouOoshima,Gujhou-shi,Gifu-ken
501-5124 Japan

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TEL : +81-575-82-5090

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