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Doll Shop Tanabe

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Doll Shop Tanabe (人形の田辺, ningyonotanabe) is a warehouse of Kimekomi Dolls located in Asakusabashi. Kimekomi Doll is a traditional Japanese craft that is made from wooden body and decorated by Japanese fabrics. Doll Shop Tanabe has all tools and supplies need for Kimekomi Dolls. It has thousands of Kimono fabrics and hundreds of the doll bodies. They also have a glass cases, folding screen, Tatami mattress for the dolls.

"Delight of making dolls, pleasure of decorating dolls."

Tourist Info.
Open: 10:00 to 18:00
It is located on the 7th floor of Akku Building(アックビル).
Please make a reservation for the similar lesson on this video.
Contact MLJ for Reservation.
Access
0. at Akihabara Station.
1. use JR Sobu Line To Asakusabashi.
2. walk north (1 min.)


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Doll Shop Tanabe
Kimekomi Dolls is one of traditional Japanese craft that has over 260 years old. The first dolls were made by Takahashi Tadashige for Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto.

Tanabe
"Delight of making dolls, pleasure of decorating dolls."

Tanabe has over thousands of Kimono Fabrics, and about hundred kinds of bodies for Kimekomi Dolls. They also have a glass cases, folding screen, Tatami mattress for the dolls. One of the popular Kimekomi Dolls is the Oriental Zodiac, "Eto." Tanabe prepares the doll of the next year so that you can have them for next year's gift. Also, Tanabe has not only traditional designs such as Hina Dolls, Gogatsu Dolls, but also it has modern design dolls, such as dolls, snowman, flogs, ladybugs, elephants and other western style designing.

Tanabe also sales the complete dolls. It will take a week to 10 business days for them to finish making.

Tools for making Kimekomi Dolls
Glue, made from potato starch.
Paddle.
Special scissors.
Wood chips.
Sandpaper.

The process of Making Kimekomi Dolls
1. polishing dolls by sandpapers.
2. add glue in slots of a part.
3. put Kimono fabric on a part.
4. push the fabric into slots by paddle and draw the figure of a part.
5. cut fabric by the figure of the part.
6. push all extra piece of fabric into the slot.
7. move to next part.

Fun of Making Kimekomi Dolls
If you have all tools and extra fabrics, you can just buy body and apply your fabric to design your own Kimekomi Dolls.

For making dolls at Tanabe
The assistants will help you making dolls when they are not helping other customers. It will be better to visit Tanabe after 3 p.m. Please bring your own tools to make a doll.

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Please make a reservation for the similar lesson on this video.
Contact MLJ for Reservation.