特集 2016年4月8日

Looking for matryoshka which becomes more and more terrible

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There is a Russian souvenir called matryoshka. It is a nesting doll, and if you open it, smaller dolls come out one after another. It is cute and enjoyable, a classic product of the Russian souvenir.

Yes, I think basically "cute" is OK. Sometimes, however, while I am opening one after another, not so cute dolls come out. Can you imagine how I feel when I find a terrible doll coming out?

I feel affectionate of the moment when its creator feels like giving up and gets desperate with the doll getting smaller and smaller. This is why I tried to look for matryoshka getting more and more terrible.
Born in 1973 in Tokyo. Living in Saitama Prefecture. The photo was taken when he was cosplaying as a package of snacks. This hairstyle is unusual, and his brain is not usually exposed.



Look for the matryoshka which has gone somewhere

Matryoshka is an adorable and interesting nesting doll. I think it is popular in the world as a Russian souvenir. Sometimes, however, I come across the one which is not so cute, seen carefully.
I don't know why this matryoshka was in my house.
I don't know why this matryoshka was in my house.
I feel that a revolution may occur.
I feel that a revolution may occur.
The photos show a matryoshka that was in my house before. Maybe it was a set of five dolls. As shown in the right photo, from the first to the third ones are the same appearance. But the next one comes out in a completely different appearance.

I wonder if it is monkey-ish. Or is it because it is small? It appears that the craftsman has given up the design that he was attached to.

And the fifth doll comes out like this.
Oh, my God!
Oh, my God!
It looks as if he gave up everything all at once. Quite rough.
When I see such a rough doll, the decisiveness is swelling the other way round. I feel human generosity. I even feel I can be very kind to others. I usually don't feel anything to see dolls, but this doll gives me such feeling.

I remember taking this photo several years ago. But the matryoshka has gone somewhere during the bustle of moving, and it is a shame that I cannot find it. I might have thrown it away. I remembered you after a long time, but I cannot see you.

The taste of the doll becoming more terrible as it becomes smaller. There should be another such matryoshka. I will look for it.

For this reason, I first visited a jumble shop dealing with import accessories. There are various matryoshka dolls lined up in the matryoshka corner. I asked the shop staff for the permission to check them.
A cat also appeared.
A cat also appeared.
Cute for an old man.
Cute for an old man.
Oh, cute .... The shop was fashionable shop in whole, which backfired the purpose. Every one of the lineups has a good taste and is cute.

It is OK. But it is not what I am looking for. However, if I keep opening each doll to the end, the appearance of the smallest doll may change.
Helloooo!
Helloooo!
Damn it...
Damn it...
I continued opening with the hope, but all of the matryoshka coming out were cute. They never give up being cute even though they are becoming very small, and they are still adorable. No, this is not what I wanted for.

I think it is fine as a work. This time, however, I want to see the matryoshka accepting its fate with giving-up.

After checking matryoshka dolls, I bought the one which seems to meet my expectation.
I bought it not because it was cute.
I bought it not because it was cute.
Even the first doll is small.
Even the first doll is small.
I don't know if it is the official one, but it seems to be made with the motif of the popular character "Cheburashka", which appears in a Russian picture book.

Awesome, this is also cute. But I bought it not because of this reason.
The second and third dolls are surely cute.
The second and third dolls are surely cute.
This is probably not cute!
This is probably not cute!
The dolls coming out are characters such as a crocodile and a lion, appearing in the story. They are also cute, but the doll coming out from the lion was a little different. See the right photo.

It appears to be a character of an old lady appearing in the story. Good taste. As a picture on a doll, however, I cannot deny that it was drawn skillfully. This is not what I want.

The size of the dolls has become much smaller so far, but this matryoshka is a set of five dolls. I wonder what appears next...
I opened the old lady and...
I opened the old lady and...
This is the final form.
This is the final form.
Quite a small doll came out. It looks like a mouse.
It is very small.
It is very small.
But I cannot say this is terrible.
But I cannot say this is terrible.
It is pretty small and I can say it is pretty terrible. But its face and hands are drawn simply but in detail. Oh, this is also cute, which is OK, but not terrible.

This is not what I am looking for this time, with the point that it is properly made. I will look for a more terrible matryoshka.
いったん広告です
In writing this article, I borrowed matryoshka dolls from the staffs of editorial department of Daily Portal Z. It is surprising that matryoshka can be found in a house. First, let's look at the matryoshka I borrowed from Ms. Koga.
A Russian girl from Ms. Koga's house
A Russian girl from Ms. Koga's house
Ms. Koga says, it was "really lying on the floor." It was never stepped upon, and looks still shiny and fine.The first matryoshka is about 15cm tall, and the accessories are drawn in detail. I wonder what kind of dolls come out from this matryoshka.
the eldest daughter, the second daughter
the eldest daughter, the second daughter
the third, the fourth, and the fifth daughter
the third, the fourth, and the fifth daughter
The second daughter is drawn in the same way as the eldest daughter. From the third daughter, eyes are drawn simply. From the fourth daughter, the cheeks and lips are not drawn red, with simple taste.

However, it doesn't seem to be giving-up or laziness. It seems to be expressing the stairs of growth reversely, from an adult woman to a child. So, what about the youngest daughter coming out from the fifth daughter?
I remember seeing this kind of child a long time ago.
I remember seeing this kind of child a long time ago.
Although the smallest, the youngest daughter is about 3cm tall. She has an inner fortitude shown on her face.

It is depicted without any laziness, and made elaborately to the end. Gazing at it, I feel as if it almost says, "Don't make a fool of me because I am the smallest."

I think it is a good article. But I think it should soften up a bit more.
My name is Matryoshka Ando.
My name is Matryoshka Ando.
Her up-from-under look is cute.
Her up-from-under look is cute.
Let's look at another matryoshka borrowed from Mr. Ando of the editorial department. The first doll is the matryoshka full of mother taste. The children coming out from it look like their mother.

They are decorated simply, but not giving-up, but intentional design, I think. This matryoshka is a set of 4 dolls. So the next one is the final form.
Difficult to judge
Difficult to judge
Its facial expression is simplified at once. Eyes and mouth are just tiny dots.

How is this? I can feel a little giving-up and laziness from it, but I'm not sure. The size is about 4 cm, which is not too small to draw in detail. So, was this intentionally done?

This set seems to be the motif of a family. If this is the baby, it starts looking in good taste.

No, this is not terrible at all. I want to see a more terrible matryoshka.
いったん広告です

Looking for a matryoshka which looks like begging forgiveness

Auntie Matryoshka
Auntie Matryoshka
It starts from a small doll.
It starts from a small doll.
The next one is the matryoshka I bought on the Internet site. It is decorated normally, as shown in the photo. But I want you to realize its size. Please see the photo of it next to a mobile phone. Even the first doll is only about 5 cm tall.

Well, if it is only that, it is normal. Then why did I buy this matryoshka? Because it is a set of 10 dolls, despite starting with this size.
I omit the second, the third and the fourth daughters. They are the fifth, the sixth and the seventh daughters.
I omit the second, the third and the fourth daughters. They are the fifth, the sixth and the seventh daughters.
As shown in the photo, even the seventh daughter's has facial expression drawn in detail. It is quite small, with the size of about 1.5 cm.

It should be close to the limit of drawing in detail. Will the next dolls become more terrible?
the eighth daughter
the eighth daughter
the ninth daughter
the ninth daughter
The matryoshka craftsman shows more effort than I expected. You will find how small it is if you strike a hand pose shown in the right photo. I can see he still draws the facial expression on a doll less than 1 cm. That 's enough, you don't have to work hard.

It is also surprising that another one will be born from here. Now let's open.
It really comes out from the ninth daughter.
It really comes out from the ninth daughter.
The final form, tenth daughter
The final form, tenth daughter
You should know how small it is, comparing it with the pencil tip. The youngest child, tenth daughter came out from the ninth.

The size is about 2 mm tall. It is so small that it may go somewhere unless handled with care. You will think it is a scrap of something, if you don't know it is a doll. Let's take a look at it with a little more zooming.
The figure trying its limit
The figure trying its limit
The size is only 2 mm, much smaller than a grain of rice. I cannot see the facial expression clearly, but I can see the effort to do the work without giving up to the end.

This is not terrible. Rather amazing.
You are awesome.
You are awesome.

Auntie Matryoshka of 10 dolls showing the spirit of Russian craftsman. Next I will introduce the last one, the matryoshka handed over for this opportunity.
Princess-like matryoshka
Princess-like matryoshka
Although it is a little rough, this matryoshka is decorated normally. However, I want you to note that the brown line was not drawn in the paint, but by pressing a hot iron.

Come to think of it, the really terrible matryoshka I introduced in the beginning of this article was made by hot iron. Perhaps I can expect.
the second, the third
the second, the third
The fourth one appeared.
The fourth one appeared.
I can see the general facial expression drawn on the first, the second and the third doll. But what about the fourth doll? It has become artless all at once, probably because it is close to the limit of working with hot iron.

This matryoshka is a set of five dolls. The final matryoshka will come out from the fourth doll.
It is going to be born.
It is going to be born.
At last, the fifth doll met my expectation.
At last, the fifth doll met my expectation.
Oh, this is... what I have been looking for. On the virgin wood, eyes and mouth are drawn just for form's sake. Until the fourth doll I could read that its motif was human, but the fifth doll is like a mysterious cute creature.
Cute
Cute
Really cute
Really cute
It is also good that the trace of carving wood sticks out on top of the head. This was because it was not sanded. I don't know how intentionally the craftsman drew the eyes and mouth, but it has curiously sad expression, which is also tasteful.

That's enough. You have worked very hard. The final one is OK with this. It shows the taste produced precisely because you have given up something.

I have been looking for you for a long time and finally I could see you. I had difficulty finding you. I want to tickle you with my fingertips daringly.

See what you have become.
See what you have become.
When I think again, our life is surrounded by things that are well-thought and properly-made, such as industrial products and folkcraft articles. I think it is basically good in that it provides things with excellent quality.

On the contrary, when we are in a position of doing the job, we make efforts to eliminate the gaps and imperfections. I think we should be such people.

At the same time, however, we unconsciously feel the dissatisfaction and suffocation for such situation. We don't recognize this because we are unaware of it. I think the swelling happiness I felt when I was looking at terrible matryoshka is the thing lighted from its rear side.

Opening matryoshka dolls, I finally encounter the stage of accepting its fate with giving-up and bog-up. I think I was released by the matryoshka I encountered at last.
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