Dolls Featuring Symbols Of The Year Unveiled

Dolls featuring symbols of the year unveiled

Dolls decorated as the people and topics that made headlines this year in Japan have been unveiled.

A doll maker in Tokyo has been creating dolls representing the year since 1946. They are based on traditional Japanese "hina dolls" that celebrate girls' happiness.

Six sets of dolls made this year include one featuring Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in traditional clothing for a ceremony to celebrate the enthronement of the new Emperor.

Another one depicts Michael Leitch, the captain of Japan's national rugby team which made the final eight in the World Cup for the first time.

Dolls of a high school couple hold cups of tapioca milk tea, which has become a fad among young people.

President of the doll maker, Kenji Kanabayashi, says although Japan had many incidents and disasters this year, there were also cheerful topics and people who have made brilliant achievements.

He says he wants many people to look at the dolls and feel peaceful and hope for a better new year.

The dolls of the year will be displayed at a hall in Tokyo's Ueno district from January 4 to March 3 next year.