Ball-jointed dolls (commonly referred to as BJDs) are any doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints. These are cast in polyurethane synthetic resin, a hard, dense plastic, and the parts strung together with elastic cord. First mass-produced in Japan in 1999, most are predominantly produced in Japan and South Korea.

They are hand-sculpted, hand-painted, anatomically correct and eerily lifelike. They are also gaining popularity with American enthusiasts. Ball-jointed dolls are primarily manufactured for adult collectors and are highly customizable. The eyes, wigs, clothes and make-up on the them can be changed and individuals can personalize dolls to their own liking.

Come to Carlsen Center room 316 and learn about these unique dolls from an expert.

Ball-Jointed Dolls

BJD Events:

Ningyo: Dolls of Japan: CC 316 from 1-2pm
A retrospective lecture regarding Japanese dolls and doll culture, from hina and kokeshi to the modern dollfies.

Doll Collector Social: CC 316 at 3pm
A social meet-up for collectors of Japanese dolls or for those curious in regards to collecting. Join other collectors and fans, and feel free to bring you own doll!