Monday, August 02, 2010

Karakuri—amazing mechanized dolls

Karakuri ningyō are mechanical dolls that date back to Japan's Edo Period, when Japanese craftsmen, inspired by Western clocks, develop uniquely Japanese clocks, whose mechanisms were further adopted to power puppets like the ones shown below.

The first video shows a tea-carrying doll that stops when the guest lifts the teacup off of the tray. The second video is of an arrow-shooting archer and includes close-ups of the amazingly intricate workmanship.

—Mellow Monk


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