Vintage Japanese Watercolor Sketches of Toy Designs – Design You Trust

Vintage Japanese Watercolor Sketches of Toy Designs

The Ningyo-Do Bunko database features thousands of late 19th and early 20th Century watercolor sketches of Japanese toy designs. More can be seen at Japan’s Akita Prefectural Library, which holds a series of six toy design illustration books produced between 1891 and 1913 by Yamada of Kyoto.

These sketches of various folk toy designs [kyoudo gangu] are part of a layer of Japanese culture that is very self-consciously regional, notes Paul K at BibliOdyssey . A lot of them are linked somehow to local shrines and temples.

h/t: flashbak

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Ancient Traditional Honey Hunters Of Nepal
An Artist Makes a Giant Sculpture of G-7 Leaders Out of Electronic Waste
This Artist Creates Organic Plastic Woven Threads Sculptures
"Everyone is Awesome": Lego Launch First-Ever LGBTQ-Themed Set
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s
UK Artist Unveils COVID-19 Glass Sculpture, One Million Times The Size Of The Virus
Vintage Cover Photos of Czech Weekly News Pestrý Týden in 1927
This Mug Is Designed To Keep Your Drink Hotter Longer And Hold A Doughnut
This Unique Lamp Design Includes A Rope That Can Be Bent Or Twisted Into Sifferent Shapes
Meet The Russian Who Walks Around The City During The Coronavirus Pandemic - Dressed As A Plague Doctor
Concepts From Future Past: 1970 Ferrari Modulo 512
Italian Artist Silvio Irilli's Hospital Murals Help Lift Patient’s Spirits
Putin Pencil Sharpener Is a Bestselling Item On Etsy
Photographer Felix Hernandez Goes Back To The Future With A Retro-Influenced Photo Series
This Foldable Wall Desk Is Ideal For Small Spaces
Confectioner Bakes Stories From Pies That Are Too Beautiful To Eat
Retro Revival: The Art Deco-Inspired Illustrations of Anta Alek
A 19th-Century Vision of the Year 2000
These Quirky Kid’s Stools Were Inspired By Farmyard Animals
"Reading The Road": River Of 11,000 Glowing Books Flows Down City Street
Fabulously Disconcerting Anthropomorphic Human Faces Baked Into Top Crusts Of Handmade Pot Pies
French Florist Spends 15 Years Decorating His Shop With 800 Water Cans
Artist Creates Mosaic Art Using Upcycled Surfboards And Other Things
Swedish Artist Group Called Anonymouse Continues To Create Tiny Houses For Mouses The Around City