Echizen Bamboo Doll Gallery Reimei

Awesome works of legendary artisan Reimei Morota

By Takako Sakamoto    - 1 min read

When I was driving home from Heisenji Hakusan Shrine in Katsuyama City, I spotted a beautiful bamboo grove along the way. I found a bamboo doll workshop there, nestled in a museum-like building. The place is called 'Echizen Bamboo Doll Village', and various kinds of traditional bamboo dolls were exhibited. Impressed, I took many pictures, and then I saw a small gallery in the corner of the building. It was 'Gallery Reimei', where the works of a legendary bamboo doll artist Reimei Morota (1931-2010) were displayed. It's hard to describe how I felt when I saw his works. I became speechless, and like a mad woman took hundreds of pictures. If you ever come to Fukui, don't miss the golden opportunity to see his works with your own eyes!

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

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Mandy Bartok 6 years ago
These are simply stunning. It's hard to believe that the hair is made out of bamboo ... it looks so fine!
Takako Sakamoto Videographer 6 years ago
Haha, you'll be always welcome to Echizen and Fukuiヽ(^o^)丿