Our Family at PuzzleBoxWorld.Com would like to introduce the Japanese Karakuri Doll. The word "Karakuri" can be defined as "the mechanism that drives a machine or a mechanical device to trick or teach a person or take a person by surprise".
These detailed reproductions were introduced in the Late Edo period, (1603-1867) and modeled after the mechanisms described in the "Karakuri Zui," the only existing Karakuri mechanical doll manual, written in 1796. Each dolls movements and gestures were used as traditional forms of entertainment. The Karakuri Doll is arguably the original form of modern robots!
The tea-serving doll is the most typical example of the Karakuri Doll or Ningyo (Puppet or doll) one and one that appears in the book written by Ihara Saikaku, a very popular novelist in the Edo period.
To appreciate the Japanese Craftsmanship of these historic pieces, assembling the mechanisms are required. We hope that you enjoy exploring these masterpieces as much as we do!
**Please note that the Karakuri Dolls are Adult Toys and will arrive unassembled. Instruction assembly guide will be provided in English with each Karakuri Item. Assembly time required is approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours.