Hakata Ningyo are clay bisque figurines produced and sold mainly in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture. There are several stories as to their origin, but it is generally agreed their popularity started in the late Edo period. They were well established as the archetypal souvenir of Hakata town, and became taken up with trade to foreign counties. In the Meiji period, the figurines received high recognition in the Paris World Exposition, and came to be known abroad as representative of Japanese doll figurines. They are characterized by their smooth white skin colored with white gofun, a powdered seashell. The popular and typical genres include Beauties, Children, and Seasonal Festival Dolls, and are much appreciated for their exquisitely painted faces and kimonos.
Fukuoka, Ogori, Chikushino, Kasuga, Onojo, Dazaifu, and Maebaru Cities in Fukuoka Prefecture
Sights to See
Dazaifu Tenmangu (A shrine dedicated to SUGAWARA no Michizane, the god of literature.)
Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum (Hakata figurines, Hakata textiles, and other traditional art and craft items are exhibited. Learn all about the culture of Fukuoka in this delightful museum.)