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by Hideaki Ota
(Tokyo, Japan)

matryoshka doll

matryoshka doll

Look at the picture. This is a toy called matryoshka. This is really popular in not only in Russia, but also around the world. When I was a child, I was playing with one.

A set of matryoshkas consists of a wooden figure which separates, top from bottom, to reveal a smaller figure of the same sort inside, which has another figure inside of it, and so on. The number of nested figures is traditionally at least five.

However, it can be much more, up to several dozen with sufficiently fine craftsmanship. Modern dolls often yield an odd number of figures, but this is not an absolute rule.

Now, we can see any kind of matryoshka, which means they have many designs. For example, it is animal, character of animation, or famous person. Sometimes it is really funny. Please check it out!!

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Matryoshka dolls
by: Gary Wolff

I LOVE matryoshka dolls!

Interestingly, I'd never seen or heard of a matryoshka doll until after moving to Japan... :-

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