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Pure gold Japanese dolls unvieled in Japan

2009-02-10 10:53:02 GMT2009-02-10 18:53:02 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

A Japanese jeweler unveils a 10 million yen (US$110,000) pair of pure gold Japanese dolls in Tokyo.

Japanese jeweller Tanaka Ginza unveiled the 24 carat gold dolls which weigh 2 kilogrammes each. The dolls, representing the Emperor and Empress of Japan, are a 1,000-year-old tradition dating back to a time when dolls were suppose to help ward off evil spirits and help with the coming of Spring.

Similar dolls usually decorate homes ahead of March 3, which is traditionally known as Girl's Day. This day is an ancient festival imported and adapted from a similar ancient Chinese custom and is meant to be a time to pray for the future happiness of all the girls in the household.

A full set of traditional dolls can be sold for $11,000 - but nothing approaching the price tag of Ginza Tanaka's dolls.

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