It’s been a while since I posted any cool retro stuff from Mom — so why not take a break from all the holiday posts and introduce you to one of my all time favorites — the Japanese artist statue.


This guy lives in my built-in bookshelf in the den — alongside family photos and other important knick-knacks — and out of reach of anything or anyone (Leo, I’m talking about you) who might accidentally knock him over.


If this artist statue seems a little outside of what I normally gravitate to in a decoration, you’d be right — but this figurine it is more than just for looks — he holds memories of my childhood.


The Japanese artist statue used to be my Nana and Bob’s. They’ve had it for quite a while — I’m pretty sure that Bob brought it back from Okinawa, Japan with him (am I right Mom?). There he is sitting on the windowsill (next to a putz house???) in this photo of my Mom and her dog, Daisy back in 1969.


My memories of this Japanese artist statue are of it sitting on the bottom shelf of a small bookshelf at the end of the hallway in my Nana and Bob’s house in Mississippi. I vividly remember sitting on the floor in the hallway — my head propped up with my hands — studying every detail of this statue. I particularly loved the little pencil (it is removable!) that fits in his hand. I used to carefully take the pencil out of his hand, study it and then put it back — over and over again.


I would also study the details of the man’s face and try to figure out what he was thinking — maybe what he was going to paint or draw?


Another part of the statue I always liked — his funky hair-do.


The only marking is this small sticker on the bottom of the statue that says: “Hakata Mimasu Dolls, Japan.”

Every now and then, I still like to stop and admire this intricately crafted Japanese artist statue and think back to those moments I spent — laying in the hall at Nana and Bob’s house — studying this little Japanese artist.



  1. You are correct …. Bob brought it back from Okinawa. He was stationed there for over a year (1958-1959) in the Marine Corps and we (my mom and brother and I) stayed in Green Bay with my Nana. I too was always fascinated with that statue. I think originally he was holding some sort of paint brush that was lost in a move and Nana replaced it with the pencil. The “plate” he is working on has also been repainted because the paint on that chipped off. Looks like it might need some attention again. I’m glad he continues to have a good home. πŸ™‚ P.S. I didn’t know you had that picture of me and Daisy – my border collie mix. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for the verification on the Japanese artist statue source, Mom. I had wondered if the paint had been touched up and the pencil was not original…still I love it just the same.

      I snagged that picture of you and Daisy last time I visited when we were going through old photos — you may not remember it because I restored it in photoshop — it had faded pretty badly so it is much darker and less yellowed now. πŸ™‚

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