Dolls from Japan were very popular in America and Europe through the late 19th and early 20th centuries. On these pages, I have collected illustrations and references that suggest the place of the Japanese doll in the minds of American and European children, and of the adults who bought them toys and moralized those toys.
Addition for 2014: References to the Hinamatsuri, to accompany the chapter "Girls’ Day for Umé: Western Perceptions of the Hina Matsuri, 1874–1937" by Judy Shoaf, in Dolls Studies: The Many Meanings of Girls' Toys and Play, ed. Miriam Forman-Brunell and Jennifer Whitney.
2014: Phyllis E. Webb, illustrator Addition for 2011: a long article on "W. B. Yeats, Mabel Beardsley, and a Japanese Doll" (opens as a pdf file)
Addition for 2010: supplement to the article "Queer Dress and Biased Eyes: The Japanese Doll on theWesternToyshelf " by Judy Shoaf, Journal of Popular Culture 43:1 (February 2010), 177-195.
2010: Edith Scannell page. Additions for 2005:
Postcards, magazine illustration, ads
Photos and book illustration
Additions for 2004
How Japanese dolls came to Europe and America
Early photos of Japanese dolls
1904: Japanese dress-up from France
Jappy Rhymes with Happy
dolls and Christmas
Little Jap doll folder
The folder has the doll's back on the other side;