A traditional pastime “Dorodango”


Bruce Gardner is an artist who master this at and used soil from different places to shape his sculptures of Hikaru Dorodango


A traditional pastime for children in Japan called ” Dorodango” ( mud dumpling) molded by water and earth and shaped by hands . It developed to shining spheres of mud and became one of Japanese art known as Hikaru Dorodango, or “Shiny Balls of mud/dumpling ” and to spread later on around the world Play with mud , enjoy and create new spheres ^_^


Dorogando is a traditional pastime for children in Japan kiki emotion


Simplicity results perfection


Sculptures of Hukaru Dorodango by Bruce Gardner







11 thoughts on “A traditional pastime “Dorodango”

  1. great one ๐Ÿ™‚ spent my whole childhood playing in mud … didn’t know I was part of a culture celebration ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. In fact I hardly remember enjoying making dorodangoes, but I often saw girls enjoying a kind of role play game, omamagoto, in which they usually play a role as a mother and use dorodangos as food. I feel pity for boys who are made to play a role as a father and to give a performance of eating a ‘hamburger’.


  3. I think we should have something which we can be absorbed in no matter how old we may be. Dorodango is definitely the one which I was mad about when I was a child. I hope I will be able to find something to replace dorodango.


    • Hi Takashi ๐Ÿ™‚ why do you want to replace it ? It’s an art nowadays and you can creat your own dorodango style and stay enjoyed at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚ but remember that you should share your masterpiece with IF ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Discovering & creating new things leave us with joy and satisfaction that’s why dorodango and similar pastime should be maintained . dorodango ( if you don’t know ) was almost disappeared in Japan but Professor Kayo , who is a psychologist , researches children’s play and he who revived the dorodango pastime . He used it as a way to study the development psychology of children and by developing a new , easy and simple method for this pastime , it becomes a national phenomena and spreads all over Japan because it has positive effects on the children psychology … I found it very unique ,and such pastime should be followed by all schools especially children nowadays interested in E-games more than physical games


    • Playing in the mud is a lot of fun for children! But…it’s so hard to remove mud stains from their clothing, (remember Jaz) so my daughter had a lot of black T-shirts in her kindergarten days…like Ninjya.


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