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Asian doll attraction

Mere Naleba
Sunday, February 09, 2014

A LARGE number of people gathered at the Fiji Museum to witness the display of handmade Japanese dolls yesterday.

Just two days into its planned one-month exhibition, the event also attracted tourists from as far as Czech Republic in Europe.

A group of woman who had chosen Fiji as their holiday destination was present at the museum and openly marvelled at the dolls on display.

"It's really great, it's amazing," Veronika Foltynova said.

"I'm here with my friends and we are enjoying our sightseeing".

Out of the many handmade dolls, Ms Foltynova was attracted to the Gogatsu Ningyo — a doll which is used during boys festival in China known as the Tango no Sekku.

The Motofaga family of Laucala Bay in Suva also enjoyed the display.

Anisa Motofaga said she heard about the dolls from her six-year-old son.

"He came back from school and was just pestering me to bring him down here because his friend told him that there are big warrior like dolls here (museum)," she said.

"I'm glad that I brought his siblings too.

"I'm fascinated by the fine work of the person who created these dolls".