The Village in Japan Where There are More Dolls than People

On the island of Shikoku, Japan lies the village of Nagoru – a place where life-size dolls outnumber people. It used to be an active community, but over the years many Nagoru locals moved to Osaka or Tokyo for jobs, and the village shrank to just a few dozen people. One of the locals that left was Ayano Tsukimi, but after years away she came back to the quaint place. In memory of her friends and family that lived there before, she began to make dolls based on their lives.

The Sweetest Gift: A Dollhouse Built Inside of a Guitar


As a gift for her daughter Cathryn’s 25th birthday, Australian miniature maker Lorraine of Fairy Meadow Miniatures created a heartfelt dollhouse filled with her favorite things. According to the mother, her daughter “is a music and travel buff and just about to start a new episode in her life and attend Flinders University.” To highlight Cathryn’s love of music, the dollhouse was constructed inside of a guitar and the wallpaper in the rooms has little music notes. If you look closely, you will see there are 2 miniature guitars in the rooms, a flute, and lots of CDs. There are little maps and atlases scattered about, some classic books, family pictures, and the screensaver on the computer is the home screen of Flinders University Psychology Department.