Yurie Nakamura - Virtual Art Exhibit

Japanese Paper Dolls
July 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020

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Yurie Nakamura 

Yurie Nakamura was born in Tokyo, Japan, and learned Washi Ningyo (Japanese paper doll making) and received a Washi Ningyo Teacher’s certificate in Kyoto, Japan.  She moved to San Francisco about 40 years ago.  She has been teaching Washi Ningyo class at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) in San Francisco since 1986 when JCCCNC was established. She has also exhibited her dolls at the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco for over 35 years.  She moved to San Mateo in 2013, and compared to San Francisco, she loves the community spirit and weather in San Mateo.  

About Washi Ningyo 

There is uniqueness to the art of Japanese Paper Doll making. One could learn Japanese history and culture through the making of a single doll and at the same time see how the paper/dolls come alive through simple hand manipulations. There is a certain unexplainable beauty in this process. 

Washi is paper that is processed by hand and made using fibers from the inner bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub, or the mulberry bush.  Washi is tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp and is used in many traditional arts.   
Favored by girls in Japan since the early 1500’s, Washi Ningyo originated from a paper doll called ‘Anesama Ningyo’(Japanese old flat dolls). These dolls were made with special Japanese Washi paper and cotton.  It can take about three to four hours to make a very simple piece.  
These dolls were designed by Yurie Nakamura, who is inspired by Japanese traditions and cultures, including photos, paintings, and drawings.  She also draws inspiration from Ukiyoe (wood block prints) and theater arts such as Noh, Kabuki, and Bunraku (classical Japanese puppet show). 

Spirit of Cherry
The Spirit of Cherry Blossoms
The Moon Princess
The Moon Princess
Hikaru Genji
Hikaru Genji
Maiko and Geisha
Maiko and Geisha 2