Source: By Daniel J. Allen, CNN
Craftsmen from many regions of Japan are noted for their hand-made dolls, but Hakata dolls — known locally as “ningyo” — are perhaps the most famous. With production based in and around Fukuoka, a coastal city on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, these pint-sized pieces of art have a long and evolutionary history.
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