"GOSHO DOLLS" Yaizu Local Custom Tip by cheesecake17

Yaizu Local Customs: 24 reviews and 45 photos


Gosho dolls were of noble descent....the name means "palace doll"..It originated in the Kyoto Imperial palace..

Under the "Age of the Shogun", each lord had to visit the shogun in Edo (tokyo) every year and pledge his loyalty and pay tribute..He often stopped by the Emperor's palace in Kyoto on his trip and left the Gosho doll which was a "token gift."...(not worth much, but important to show respect, a symbolic gift, a gesture)..

The oldest kinds were made of clay covered with a paste and powdered oyster shell..The doll's features were painted on this..Most of these dolls were chuby, almost naked little boys of about 5 years of age with white skin and large heads..

It was not a plaything, but a wish for strong and healthy male offspring, and also a wish for a safe trip home.. The dolls were like good luck charms..

Ladies of the court kept them as fertility charms, hoping to have sons....For the Emperor, too, who wanted to have a male heir, they were good luck..

Originally these dolls were for the upper classes, but they became popular among the city dwellers....

Most ranged in size from a few inches to about one foot...

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  • Updated May 6, 2005
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