Miss Nagasaki has been carefully preserved since her
arrival at the Rochester Municipal Museum (later the
Rochester Museum of Arts & Sciences, now the Rochester
Museum & Science Center), but she has been exhibited
many times and has received the attention of countless
school children and adults alike. She is in generally good
condition, but time and use have also had their effects.
Her kimono has faded somewhat from its original
brilliance, this is primarily due to the effects of light over
time. She also developed cracks and chips in the
gofun skin on her face, head, and legs.
Some repairs were conducted in 1988 by Ms. Hatoe Ohtani,
Mr. Akira Ueda, and Ms. Nahomi Iwase, supervised by Mr.
Tokubei Yamada, Master Dollmaker of Yoshitoku Dolls, Tokyo,
when Miss Nagasaki (then thought to be Miss Aomori)
returned to Japan for an exhibit on the Friendship Doll
exchanges. Cracks and chips were filled and smoothed, her
tabi were cleaned and her clothing rearranged
properly. Repairs stopped short of a full renovation, and
the locations of the cracks are still visible, including
one down the side of her nose. Full resoration would have
involved completely repainting her face and limbs, but it was desired
to retain as much of her original surface as possible.
Since 1986, Miss Nagasaki has been housed in a
specially-built container made only of acid-free
materials in a regulated environment of 72 degrees
farenheit at 58% humidity. Under these controlled
conditions, the museum is better able to prevent any further
deterioration. At the same time, we are easily able to
bring her out for visitors.