The Japan Doll Makers Association, an organization with over 400 doll makers as members, has sent a protest letter to Osaka's Universal Studios Japan (USJ), claiming that one of its attractions is ruining the image of traditional Japanese dolls by using them in the theme park's haunted house attraction.
The group also sent a protest letter to Awashima Shrine in Wakayama Prefecture for leasing the dolls to USJ, Fuji TV reported. The association claims the use of the dolls in a horror attraction will obstruct the business of the doll makers and sellers.
The horror attraction in question is USJ's "Tatari ~ the curse of living dolls ~", which opened on Sept 10. Over 100 dolls are presented as cursed living dolls.
The association demanded the theme park cancel any similar attractions in the future, saying that "Japanese dolls are recognized art pieces. The attraction falsely and negatively presents them as horror objects, which puts traditional Japanese culture at risk."
USJ has released a statement in which it says the objection has no legal basis and that the attraction will be open as planned until November 6.
The association has in the past protested against a television show that featured the dolls with hair that kept growing as if they were alive. It says this latest case must not be disregarded considering the level of influence that theme parks have towards people.© Japan Today