Saturday, December 12, 2009

Those Wonderful Wacky Figurines from Japan

We've all seen them. Tiny little porcelain figurines marked on the bottom "Japan". During wartime, Japan exported these figurines by the millions.  For a while, the U.S. forced the Japanese to mark these figurines "occupied".  Many of these figures are now very collectible and depending on the manufacturer, can be worth hundreds of dollars.  And some unfortunately, are not so wanted. 

Most were whimsical and cute in nature. But some were downright wacky in design and color choice. 
Many figures had human-like features like eyebrows, mustaches, eyelashes, and big smiles.

It made no difference if they painted eyes red, or ears a different color than their bodies. Figurines were also made to wear glasses, smoke pipes, read the newspaper, and sit on the toilet!

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