Sunday, July 13, 2014

Japanese Friendship Dolls In America

The dolls were sent on tour for several months before being distributed to museums in many states.
Sadly just fourteen years after the dolls were received Japan and the US were fighting each other in World War 11.  During the war many of the dolls were packed away, sold or lost.
Miss Kagawa at the North Carolina Museum Natural History was turned to face the wall.  A sign was placed next to her.  The sign read:

The Japanese made an insane attack upon the American Territory of Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
With a grim determination we now are committed to stop for all time Japanese aggression. This has no bloodthirsty implications to destroy peoples as such. We still believe in peace and goodwill to live and let live.
Men, women and children of Japan have this goodwill but they have now been dominated by ruthless leaders. Proof of such latent goodwill are the Friendship Doll Exhibits exchanged between children of the United States and Japan during 1926 and 1927 and shown as here in museums in both countries.

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