Mayumi Takahashi Museum of Doll Art

Artist Profile

Artist’s Profile

About Mayumi Takahashi

After having learned the basics of doll making via a correspondence course offered by the Japan Creative Doll Making Institute, Mayumi Takahashi established her own style of doll making through trial and error. She won the Grand Prix at the 1998 Yuzawaya Creative Doll Making Exhibition and numerous other prizes at exhibitions such as the Shin Seiki Doll Exhibition and the Japan Arts & Crafts Exhibition. In 2001, she published, at her own expense, her first book entitled "Manazashi" relating to her collection of self-made dolls. In 2003, she began traveling with her exhibition on a tour around Japan, promoted by the "Gifts from Your Home" Executive Committee. By the spring of 2010, her traveling exhibitions attracted some 1.8 million visitors at 95 locations nationwide, gaining an overwhelmingly favorable reception wherever she went. In 2010, she opened the Mayumi Takahashi Museum of Doll Art in Iiyama City, Nagano Prefecture. She has also authored several books, including "Kusa-no-Michi" (Path of Grass) about her collection of dolls (publisher: Kodansha), a collection of essays entitled "Ningen Banzai" (Viva Humanity!) (publisher: Seiryu Shuppan), and a collection of photos/essays entitled "Takahashi Mayumi's Journey to Meet Dolls" (publisher: The Shinano Mainichi Shimbun). Some of her artistic creations were used as motifs for Yomeishu's (a herbal liqueur maker) TV commercial, NHK's "Minna-no-Uta" (Everyone's Songs) TV program and for prepaid QUO Cards featuring regional attractions of Nagano Prefecture.