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.