The Musashino Place and Ohno-san

Since I have so much free time on my hand right now, I simply go out for a change and see what’s up. One of my favorite places to go is the library. You got books to read and places to sit there, what else would you really need?

But this library, the Musashino Place, is much more than just a library. It’s a Place true to its core. Kids can practice music in the soundproof basement studios, there are exhibitions in the halls, there are meeting rooms to rent etc. etc. etc. It’s just a wonderful place to be.

On that day when I went out I saw that there was an exhibition about porcelain dolls. I just can’t wrap my head around it. What drives these people to make these things? How does it work from A to Z, the sculpting and the coloring? How does it all come together?


Luckily I had Ohno-san, the author herself to answer these questions for me.

Wow these dolls are so beautiful!

Ohno-san (giggling): Thank you so much

So why did you start making these dolls?

Ohno-san: To tell you the truth, I just like making things. It doesn’t really matter what it is, if I can make something happen with my hands, then I will enjoy doing it.

How long have you been doing this kind of thing?

Ohno-san: For about 40 years already.

Wow! 40 years!! So where do you get the inspiration

Ohno-san: Just pretty things in life. Especially I like stories and scenes from fairy tales.

Thank you so much for your time and keep up the good work!!

Ohno-san: Thank you!


I still don’t understand how it’s actually made, but meeting this lady making these dolls and make porcelain come to life. She had the sort of vitality in her manner and aura. So, dear readers, go to your local library and check out what they got!


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