Kyodo gangu are the traditional folk toys of Japan. These simple dolls and figurines made from clay, wood and paper were what parents used to give to children at playtime, but are now more coveted by collectors than children.
While the general form remains the same, the shape and appearance of each type of doll differs depending on when, where and by whom it was created. Each doll embodies a different wish, such as for the healthy growth of the child or for the safety and prosperity of the family.
While the cuteness of the kyodo gangu toys has garnered them a great amount of attention in recent years, these dolls are faced with decline as there’s a shortage of craftspeople with the skills to keep this art form alive. So when you see a toy that catches your eye, there is the possibility that you may never find another like it − snap it up fast. Here’s where to start your collection.