Special Exhibit: Karakuri Puppets
―Japan and the West
This year, an Edo Karakuri Doll made by Shobei Tamaya 9th was newly added to our museum’s collection. In commemoration of this, we are going to hold a special exhibition, “Karakuri Puppets—Japan and the West”.
《photo: Chahakobi Ningyo (a Tea-serving Doll) made by Shobei Tamaya》
□Explanations of automated puppets from the West known as “Automata” and Japanese own version of these unique dolls, known as “Karakuri”, from the Edo.
Automata were produced vigorously in the West in the late 19th century. In the Edo period, the culture of Karakuri dolls developed independently in Japan. You can enjoy watching mechanical dolls’ acrobatic movements and listening to dolls' music.
【Term】Monday, January 6th～Sunday, March 1st, 2020
※Days Closed: every Thursday
【Time】It starts at 15 past every hour. (about 15 mins.)
※”The Museum Concert” starts at 00 past every hour, and special demonstrations of Karakuri Dolls will be held in the last 15 minutes.
【演奏時间】每整点15 分～ (約15分鐘)
■What is “Edo Karakuri” ?
Edo Karakuri were used to entertain people during the Edo period.
Their mechanism was developed with a strong influence by the mechanism of western clocks. It is said that the first European clock reached Japan in 1558. Japanese artisans adapted western clocks and created Wadokei, or Japanese clocks, that suited the local climate.
The technology of the spiral springs, gears, cams and speed regulators was also acquired from the mechanism of western clocks, creating the unique Japanese Karakuri Ningyo.
Even though clocks were built with metal materials, Karakuri Ningyo used wooden gears and springs made with baleen.
Since Karakuri Ningyo are made with materials that are easily affected by temperature and humidity, they may or may not work well depending on the day. However this actually gives the audience a breath-taking sense of anticipation, and is a part of the attraction.
□What is “Automata” ?
In terms of numbers produced, the golden age of automata was in the 19th century.
With the addition of a music box and other features, automata became a more complete form of entertainment, with audio as well as visual elements.
The culture of amusement was rapidly evolving at this time, so figures of circus clowns, street performers, and other entertainers were widely incorporated into automata.
Artistically refined and charming girls’ dolls such as those by the bisque doll maker Jumeau were also popular amongst upper class girls and women.
■Musical Box Assembly Workshop / 八音盒組裝體驗
□Musical Box Assembly Workshops
You can make original musical box with craft man.
We have explanatory leaflet in English, Chinese and Korean.
【Time】[Weekday] 11:30～ 13:30～ 15:30～
[Weekend&Holiday] at half past every hour
※The price varies in the courses and the case of your choice. Decoration items are charged separately.
【時間】平日／11：30～ 13：30～ 15：30～