As the final step in the making of a gosho ningyo, a touch of red is added to the lips. The moment this color enters what had previously been a black and white world, the doll comes to life. With the completion of this final step, the doll’s face assumes a richness that speaks to the viewer. This expressiveness comes from the ancient feelings that Japanese have felt for children and have been passed on to the present day.


  • Title: Applying lip rouge, Gosho ningyo
  • Creator: Shimada Koen
  • Location: Gosho-ningyo Shimada Koen
  • Original Language: Japanese
  • Subject Keywords: Doll, Kyoto
  • Rights: © Shimada Koen
  • External Link: Gosho-ningyo Shimada Koen

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