The Miko Dolls on display this December bring a story of kizuna and camaraderie across the ocean. The March 11, 2011 Earthquake in Northern Japan and the following tsunami saddened the world. Miko Doll creator, Mikio Sakuma, responded to this tragedy with creativity and compassion.
One box shows a family reaching toward each other across rushing waves, with branches arching over their heads. It is a delicate portrayal of kizuna or friendship which pulls us toward each other even when we are in danger.
So many of the boxes tell interesting stories. Come see for yourself at Albany Library, 1247 Marin Avenue. More about the artist at http://www.mikodolls.com/