Reception to Welcome a "Blue-Eyed" Doll
Asahi Primary School,Yamanashiken,Japan.
The impression made by these dolls was great; songs and
poems were written about them, and Japanese children felt
connected to their brothers and sisters in America through
their new doll playmates. They became known as the
"Blue-Eyed" Dolls because of this distinctive trait which
is not so common in Japan.
Many of the dolls were destroyed in the fervor of World War
II, but many were carefully and lovingly preserved and thus
managed to continue their mission even through dark times.
The remaining dolls now have a revered status and are valued highly.
Drawing of "Blue-Eyed" Doll
Made by Shizuko Amamiya, 3rd
Grade Pupil at Asahi Primary School, Yamanashiken, Japan.