Wednesday 23 May 2007

Goodness gracious great balls of mud

Hikaru dorodango are balls of mud, molded by hand into perfect spheres, dried, and polished to an unbelievable luster. The process is simple, but the result makes it seem like alchemy.

A traditional pastime among the children of Japan, the exact origin of hikaru dorodango is unknown. Professor Fumio Kayo, of the Kyoto University of Education, used them as a means to study the psychology of children's play. Kayo developed a simple technique for creating dorodango.

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