Kinosaki Inspirations

Unveiling of Toyooka’s Konotori Licca-chan

Toyooka City is pleased to be the proud home to its very own gorgeous Licca-chan doll!

  • Licca-chan, a popular Japanese fashion doll with an extensive history dating back to the 1960s, remains one of the most iconic and popular children's toys in Japan and is also a collector's item among older audiences.

    Konotori Licca-chan (‘Oriental White Stork’ Licca-chan) was meticulously designed and crafted by Honda Yoshito and is now proudly on display at the Toyooka Museum of History.

  • A drafted design of Konotori Licca-chan

  • Themed after Toyooka’s beloved symbol of hope and prosperity, the Oriental White Stork, Honda Yoshito also took inspiration from Izushi Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre’s performance of “Kami no Tori,” a kabuki play with a profound focus on the protection and sacred life of Oriental White Storks.

    Wrapped within a luxurious kabuki-inspired costume, viewers will find that Honda Yoshito paid close attention to the wings of the Oriental White Stork, carefully cutting black and white gradient wings one by one before attaching them to the doll along with braiding golden thread throughout the costume.

The special edition Konotori Licca-chan is now permanently on display at the Toyooka Museum of History.

We hope that visitors to the exhibition will be able to appreciate the majesty of the Oriental White Stork through an all-new, fashion-forward lense!

  • About

    Danielle Leveille

    Danielle Leveille

    Junior Local Expert

    Originally from Chicago in the USA. She currently works for Visit Kinosaki as a coordinator for international relations. A lover of Tajima beef and hidden sightseeing spots, she can be found either at one of her favorite restaurants or exploring a secret nook in town.