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Catalog Number X1928.01.01 a-i
Object Name Doll
Dimensions H-10.63 W-17.323 L-40.236 inches
Date 1927
Notes Miss Ishikawa was one of 58 dolls sent to the U.S. in 1928 as a "Doll Messenger of Friendship" from the children of Japan to the children of Montana. See booklet "Welcome to the American Doll Messengers" page 43. The gift was arranged thru the Committee on World Friendship among Children-instituted by the Commission on International Justice and Goodwill of the Federal Coucil of the Churches of Christ in America.

When the Japanese Friendship dolls arrived in the U.S. in 1928, they became separated from their accessories. Handlers in the U.S. did not realize that each doll has its own individual crest, or logo, that appears on her kimono and on her accessories. The crest should match on both the kimono and accessories, but now most of the dolls have accessories that actually belong to other dolls, and many dolls are referred to by technically incorrect names.

The Montana Historical Society technically has the "Miss Akita" doll with Miss Ishikawa's accessories, and the Detroit Science Center/Detroit Children's Museum has the actual "Miss Ishikawa" doll with Miss Akita's accessories. The Detroit Children's Museum staff is aware of the mix-up.
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