Broad and High

ARTifacts: Japanese Friendship Doll

Clip: Season 2 Episode 34 | 3m 26s

In the 1920s, U.S. immigration restrictions created a strained relationship with Japan. In an effort to promote goodwill and ease cultural tensions, an American missionary in Japan initiated an exchange of dolls between children. Japan sent 58 “friendship dolls” to America, each one representing a specific Japanese city or region. The doll known as Miss Osaka is at the Ohio History Center.

Aired: 05/06/15

Rating: NR

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