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A thousand wish-dolls for Japan

The EGCC supports the project  A thousand wish-dolls for Japan.

On Sunday 30th September the doll-making workshop will be given during the 20th anniversary event of the EGCC. The workshop will take place at the EGCC between 13:00 and 16:00. All players and visitors of the Iwamoto Memorial event are welcome to participate in the workshop. On this page you can find more information about the project.

The project

A thousand wish-dolls for Japan is a project aimed at supporting the children of Fukushima by making as many as possible Teruterubõzu’s in the Netherlands and sending them to the children of the affected area.

Teruterubozu’s: wish-dolls

Teruterubõzu’s are traditional Japanese dolls played with on rainy days to wish for sunshine for the following day. Every Japanese child grows up singing the children’s song: ‘Teruterubozu wish-doll, bring us sunshine tomorrow….’


The head of each wish-doll is filled with orange felting-wool and an instruction page. On receiving the wish-doll, the children of Fukushima can use the felting-wool and follow the instructions to make their own orange sun from felt – an enjoyable activity to do at school or at home.

Would you like to help?

You can help in various ways:

  • donate the material (see Materials)
  • participate in workshops
  • help with organisation of workshops
  • etc.

Contact 1000wenspopjesvoorjapan [at]!


Yumiko Kunimori (translator Dutch – Japanese, musician, teacher at BplusC Leiden, guide at Sieboldhuis)

Hester van Kruijssen (team leader Education department of BplusC)

Senny Yu (co-ordinator at Sieboldhuis Leiden)

Petra van den Berg (felt artist, felting teacher and organisor of felting projects).

We hope to receive your support in the realisation of this project.