Japan's craft of karakuri ningyo, or mechanical dolls, is being recreated in a small workshop in eastern Tokyo.
SVs Children watching examples of mechanical dolls, traditional Japanese toys. (8 SHOTS)
GV Miyagawa working on part of toy.
GV, SV & CU Miyagawa working on blueprint plans. (3 SHOTS)
CU & SCU Miyagawa working on mechanics of toy. (4 SHOTS)
GV & SVs Toy working. (4 SHOTS)
GV & CU Doll at weaving loom. (3 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM TO CU Doll working at desk and writing Japanese characters. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: Japan's craft of karakuri ningyo, or mechanical dolls, is being recreated in a small workshop in eastern Tokyo. Noboru Miyagawa became interested in karakuri ningyo eight years ago, and began work on creating them once again. Each of his productions is entirely hand made, including the intricate cam and pulley systems required to produce movement. He carefully studies the ways in which natural human movements are made, then works painstakingly to achieve the mechanical settings that allow his dolls to move the same way. Now 68-years-old, Miyagawa is totally devoted to dolls which can be regarded quite rightly as among the world's original robots. The craft he practices now, lay dormant in Japan for some three hundred years, only because the techniques and exceptional work required to make them, became too demanding.