The clay dolls made at Takaya Shimogawara Yaki Clay Doll Factory in Hirosaki City have a history of 200 years.
All of them have a mouth on the back that blows air into them, making them clay flutes.
Since ancient times, in Japan, there is a legend that if you put your mouth on the soil, it will keep insects away (preventing night crying, tantrums, and seizures in children).
Yokai came to be loved as the subject of ukiyo-e prints and plays, and the yokai culture blossomed in the Edo period.
Takaya Shimogawara pottery clay dolls were very popular as children's toys, and they were said to have been lined up in front of grocery stores and candy stores.