So, let's start with the dolls that are part of spiritual, more than cultural traditions.
The first contribution is dedicated to the Hina Ningyo, the dolls for the Hina Matsuri, usually known as the "Festival of Girls", celebrated on March 3 with huge exhibitions of a whole cast of dolls featuring a married couple and their servants, symbolizing a happy household and a nice future for daughters.
Right next to it, are the dolls dedicated to the Tango no Sekku ("Festival of Flags"), celebrated on May 5 and dedicated to the boys.
Besides many other symbols, in recent times it also started to feature statues of Japanes heroes, as to wish the boys a similar fate filled with heroic deeds.
Next are the dolls inspired by the cultural traditions of Japan.
We start with the No Ningyo, dedicated to the characters and pieces of traditional theatre.
Right after No is Bunraku, classical puppet theatre, with its Bunraku Ningyo, used during the shows.
Oyama Ningyo, with their beautiful clothes and poses are inspired to the scenes and heroines of popular Kabuki plays.
Here are the peculiar Oshie Hagoita, pieces of arts rather than dolls, designs affixed to the hagoita, wooden plates used to play hanetsuki, a Japanese counterpart of badminton.
Ichimatsu Ningyo are realistic dolls portraying children.
Their name and features come from Kabuki actor Sanogawa Ichimatsu, who was specialized in those kind of roles.
Next is the dolls coming from areas with a tradition of doll-making.
So we start with Kyoto and its Kyo Ningyo, characterized by stunning clothes with amazing details and embroidery.
Then it's the turn of the Hakata Ningyo, clay dolls native of Kyushu, with their beautiful, vivid colours.
Then it's the turn of traditional and popular artcrafts in the form of dolls.
It's impossible to not start with the Kokeshi Ningyo!
Kimegomi Ningyo are wooden dolls with actual fabric pasted on their surface. The final effect is quite refined.
Gosho Ningyo, or "Imperial Palace Dolls" feature little, chubby children with pure white skin and big heads doing kid's stuff.
Of course, dolls featuring children doing what children do are quite popular, and often associated to Japanese culture.
In the end, a large section was dedicated to dolls crafted by modern artists.
The exhibition is free to access and the pieces are truly beautiful, so I highly suggest you to take a peek!