Jomon Period: Dogu

Japanology Plus

28m 00s
Broadcast on March 17, 2022 Available until March 31, 2024

*First broadcast on March 17, 2022.
The Jomon period lasted from around 13,000 BC to 300 BC. This society of hunter-gatherers cherished peace, cooperation and a deep connection to the natural world. In the second of two episodes about the Jomon period, we look at clay figurines called dogu. They feature dramatic poses, exaggerated features and cord-marked patterns. Museum curator Kokubo Takuya talks about research into dogu, and the information it has revealed about their purpose and their importance.

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