2022 / Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition “NINGYO: Art and Beauty of Japanese dolls” at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Feb. 3-March 13

Japan Foundation Los Angeles presents traveling exhibition “NINGYO: Art and Beauty of Japanese dolls” from February 3 – March 13, 2022, at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The exhibition opens from Tuesdays to Sundays, 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Closed on Mondays.

Admission: Free

One major aspect of Japanese culture is the depth of love for dolls (Ningyō;人形). Doll culture spread in Japan particularly in the 17th century, and dolls could be found in many facets of daily life, both life in the Japanese imperial court and that of the common people.

The fact that many examples indeed enter the realm of high art is an extremely rare occurrence when compared to the culture of dolls seen elsewhere in the world. Thus it can be said that Japan is truly “a Nation of NINGYŌ.”

This exhibition examines Japan’s diverse doll culture from 4 perspectives to introduce the principle types of Japanese dolls and the culture behind each.