The Things I Draw When I Don’t Know What To Draw…



Takara Jenny

Ooooh MAN! Nostalgia time!

Recently I came across this little advertisement that came with a doll I had purchased years and years ago. I wouldn’t call myself a doll collector, outside of when I was a kid, but I am a collector of books, knick knacks, anything cute that strikes my fancy, and the most random and seemingly useless of things. I’m 30 and I still get scolded for picking dirty toy dinosaurs and bouncy balls (etc) up off the street.

Takara Jenny first showed up in the early 80s and is the Japanese equivalent to Barbie. She was even called Takara Barbie for a couple years.



It wasn’t long before I broke down and bought one. I couldn’t resist their cute faces! I was mesmerized and felt I owed it to Little Caro to make up for my Barbies that never quite did it for me. They just weren’t my type but I made do.


After finding this advertisement I did some light scrounging online and found some interesting things. The first being a Takara Jenny commercial….


As if that weren’t interesting enough I was laughing my ass off when I saw they made a tv show featuring Takara Jenny dolls. Oh, I love you Japan….


OH! I also tried to find a picture of the doll I had purchased. Sadly, she didn’t survive when my parents moved out of their house of 15 years. I chose a doll named Kaori. I really disliked her clothes and accessories. She was a surfer and came with a potato sack like dress,  puked-up-sherbert colored halter top, and board shorts that were boxy and huge. However, her name was somewhat close to mine, she had an articulated body (which was not typical compared to her bendy limbed sisters) and …ohhh that cute face!

This is the best picture I could of that Kaori doll. …..mine was cuter :3

takara jenny kaori surfer