Karakuri Ningyo: Tiny, Marvelous Japanese Automata

Karakuri ningy? are mechanized puppets or automata, dating back to the 17th and 18th century. They are simple and elegant, and it’s kind of mind-boggling that such mechanical contraptions were made so long ago.

Explore the World of Karakuri, and marvel a little at the examples. Lots of additional videos are available on the original MetaFilter posts.

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