I was looking through camera roll on my iphone and i found this video.
Tea Serving Doll, a wooden mechanic doll, an automaton or in Japanese called Karakuri.
I took this when i visited The Toshiba Science museum in Kawasaki. There’s a lot of interesting stuff to see there, but this automaton or Karakuri definitely the highlight of my visit.
I still remember this surreal feeling when i saw this doll. I was reading The Hugo Movie companion book the night before. (If you haven’t watch the movie, automaton was a huge part of the story)
So I was thinking about automaton the whole night and the morning after. How the first time Selznick found out about it and then inspired him to write them into a novel and later into movie. And also (yes) how creepy they looks…
And I don’t know if you ever had this experience when you’re thinking about something too much, and it suddenly come in front of you. That’s exactly what happened when i saw these Karakuri. Apparently one of the Toshiba founder loved playing and learning the mechanic of Karakuri since he was 8 years old. Just like Hugo!
Thanks God the one i saw was rather cute than creepy like those i saw on the Hugo book.
- Before Robots, Japan Had Tiny Dolls That Tumbled Down Stairs And Served Tea (blogs.smithsonianmag.com)
- What is Karakuri Kaizen? (michelbaudin.com)
- Build: The Gakken Karakuri Tea Serving Robot (makezine.com)