Transfixing and hauntingly delicate Karakuri puppet, mechanical dolls and automata from Japan.
"The word 'Karakuri' means a mechanical device to tease, trick, or take a person by surprise. It implies hidden magic, or an element of mystery. In Japanese ‘Ningyo’ is written as two separate characters, meaning person and shape." (LAW 1997, p 18)
LAW, J. M., 1997. Puppets of Nostalgia. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Sited from http://karakuri.info 31.08.16
What better gift for an 18th birthday than books, especially if it is a surprise gift from the Italian government.
Christopher Hooton, in the Guardian describes the new and farsighted policy, "In a move designed to remind young people that culture can enrich one’s life and bring people together, Italian citizens are to get a €500 (£430) ‘culture bonus’ on their 18th birthday."
Wonderful to see a government place such a high value on culture. Perhaps the move will be picked up by other countries as Italy sets an example.
“The initiative sends a clear message to youngsters, reminding them that they belong to a community which welcomes them once they come of age... It also reminds them how important cultural consumption is, both for enriching yourself as a person and strengthening the fabric of our society.”
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