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Alan Scott Pate

is proud to announce the release of


Price $100

Art As Ambassador
The Japanese Friendship Dolls of 1927

by Alan Scott Pate

This 9"x 12" hardbound volume features over 560 pages of text, including nearly 400 images.
Relive the fascinating journey of these exquisite ambassadors of goodwill, from 1927 to the present.

Each copy is signed by author, carefully packed, and shipped via USPS Priority mail. To order, please select your region from drop-down menu. The amount shown includes shipping (tax will be added to Florida addresses at check-out).

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In November of 1927, a ship set sail from the port of Yokohama with the unlikeliest of passengers: fifty-eight doll ambassadors destined for the United States of America, a journey to a far-off land and an unknown destiny. Swathed in their silken kimono, lovingly stored in their travel crates, accompanied by the well wishes and fond hopes for everlasting peace, friendship, and good will from millions of Japanese children, these dolls represented perhaps the most unusual diplomatic entourage ever assembled. Their arrival in San Francisco was heralded by the New York Times and commemorated in oft-published photographs showing American and Japanese girls welcoming the dolls together, unified in friendship.

Chapter Index:
1 Introduction
2 The Doll Messengers of Goodwill
3 Torei Ningyo Dolls of Gratitude
4 Silent Enoys
5 Tours of Duty - The Japanese Friendship Dolls of 1927 And Their American Journey
6 Finding A Permanent Home
7 Threads Of Identity
8 The Decade Of The Doll: Japanese Doll Exchanges in the 1930s
9 Chidren of War
10 Missing Bodies
11 Friendship Dolls In The New Age
12 Friendship Doll Index
Selected Bibliography


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