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Wednesday October 1st 2014

Shirley Temple in Japan

Shirley Temple in Nishi Ginza Department Store
Shirley Temple in Nishi Ginza Department Store

This photo from a department store in Tokyo showcases an expensive but quality brand name in clothing for children in Japan – Shirley Temple.

And you can buy the accessories as well.

Shirley Temple Bag
Shirley Temple Bag

The actress Shirley Temple has been popular in Japan for a long time.

In the 1930’s, the actress received many dolls from Japanese admirers and was photographed holding one dressed in a Japanese kimono.

Here are some lovely old photos of Shirley Temple which capture a lovely atmosphere of ‘east meets west’.

Shirley dressed in Kimono with Japanese doll
Shirley dressed in Kimono with Japanese doll
Geisha Shirley
Geisha Shirley

But the special Shirley Temple look has even inspired themed pattern books that provide those handy with a sewing machine the chance to conjure up the frills and bows Shirley Temple look.

Shirley Temple Patterns
Shirley Temple Patterns

But interestingly, in Japan its not just the little kids who enjoy the Shirley Temple look. The Shirley Temple look is one that makes a particular fashion statement for some young women – particularly if they journey into Harjuku – an area in Tokyo which is well-known for its various fashion styles.

Shirley Temple Music Bag
Shirley Temple Music Bag

To end the post with my favourite photo – Shirley and some of the dolls that were sent to her from Japan.

1935 Taken in Hawaii Shirley with some of the dolls from Japan
1935 Taken in Hawaii Shirley with some of the dolls from Japan

The doll at the back is a life-size lady doll. Isnt it wonderful!

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