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Fun / foon Tokyo
Saturday, March 6, 2004
What shiny balls? Japanese "hikaru dorodango"
Topic: Media
shiny mud ballshiny mud ball handsshiny mud ball kids SHINY MUD BALLS:
Kyoto Professor Taps into the Essence of Play

Japan Information Network

At elementary schools, kindergartens, and preschools all across Japan, kids are losing themselves making hikaru dorodango, or balls of mud that shine. Behind this boom is Professor Fumio Kayo of the Kyoto University of Education. Kayo is a psychologist who researches children's play, and he first came across these glistening dorodango
...after trying many times, Kayo found that he just could not make a shiny mud ball. Once, he thought he had succeeded, but after a few days the mud ball lost its luster. Through 200 failed experiments and an analysis using an electron microscope, Kayo was finally able to devise a method of making dorodango...

Posted by trek/taro at 10:03 PM JST
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