Friday, 4 May 2012

Okiagari-koboshi

Okiagari-koboshi is little traditional Japanese doll from the region of Aizu in Fukushima prefecture. The doll always stands, if you hit it, it comes back standing all the times, is an image of recovery from difficulties, so is a good luck symbol. This was a present from the General Consul of Japan in Milano to wish good luck to Fukushima and to all the people that showed their support and helped with their work the cause of raising money for the victims of the disaster. This dolls are hand made with washi papier machè with a little weight to balance it, the white coating is made with powder from oysters. To achieve this shallow focus effect this time I shoot with the 180mm with a close up ring because the doll is just 7 cm tall.