I went on a fishing expedition yesterday – really just research for my next novel City. Found something really interesting. A book called Japanese Goth. It contains a wealth of fascinating material.

The Japanese have a long-standing tradition of dollsningyõ. The Japanese tradition differs from the West, they are not seen as children’s toys. Indeed, the Japanese believe dolls can have a soul.

Some modern Japanese artists have taken this craft to a new level. Two such ‘new masters’ are Tari Nakagawa and Mari Shimizu.