Introducing Miss Gunma: The Japanese Friendship Dolls of 1927
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Talk by Alan Scott Pate.

DATE  Saturday, March 3, 2018

LOCATION   Morikami Theater
*No reservations. Tickets will be given out the day of the event, at a first come, first served basis, starting at 10 am in front of the theater.

Please note: temperatures within our theater tend to drop. We recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.


With the celebration of Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival) on March 3, Pate explores the role of Japanese dolls in traditional Japanese culture; their history, art and meaning. Special attention will be paid to the Japanese Friendship Dolls of 1927, providing the opportunity to introduce to the Morikami community their own Friendship Doll: Miss Gunma. Pate presents a lively talk with extensive visuals incorporating archival photos as well as images of the many aspects of the culture of Japanese dolls.

Alan Scott Pate is an internationally acknowledged authority on the history of Japanese dolls (ningyo). He is the author of numerous books and articles on the topic. Alan lectures around the world addressing the many facets of Japanese doll culture and is currently serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida. In addition to being the foremost dealer in antique Japanese dolls, he also frequently serves as a guest curator and adviser for exhibitions dealing with this deep and fascinating topic. His current focus is on the history of the Japanese Friendship Dolls of 1927, which includes the Morikami’s own “Miss Gunma.”