- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A special Japanese doll that was sent to America as part of friendship gesture in the 1920s is being displayed at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre.

The doll, Miss Tottori, belongs to the South Dakota State Historical Society. It is one of 58 dolls that were sent to the United States in 1927 as good-will gifts to American children from the children of Japan. Japanese children received American “blue-eyed” dolls in exchange.

The Historical Society says that after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Japanese ordered the destruction of the American dolls, but 335 survived. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the Japanese dolls went into storage and were lost. Only 45 of the original dolls have been located.

Miss Tottori will be on display through December.

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