The making of ‘dorodango‘ is a conventional pastime for Japanese schoolchildren, that has grown into an artwork type in its personal proper. The dodorango is definitely a ball constructed from mud and dust, and now persons are painstakingly and methodically refining these balls into “hikaru dorodango” (actually: ‘shiny dumpling’), excellent, polished spheres that may take days to finish.
The method is meditative and deeply satisfying, and is seen by many as the first motivation for the artwork. Layer upon layer of nice dust is utilized to the mud core, forming a tough outer shell. That is then polished with a material to offer the dorodango an look just like that of a snooker ball, completely spherical and glossy to an unbelievable diploma. How can easy dust grow to be so lustrous?
You could bear in mind a earlier submit a few craze in Japan the place individuals have been creating excellent spheres from aluminium foil. This was clearly impressed by the traditional approach of creating dorodango. Whereas in America youngsters are consuming Tide Pods and poisoning themselves, Japanese youngsters study the worth of endurance and perfection from fixed refinement, by creating these superbly easy items of artwork.
Making dorodango was largely a forgotten pastime till lately, when professor Fumio Kayo, a psychologist who focuses on youngsters’s play, made it in style once more in Japan and worldwide. Bruce Gardner has grow to be a grasp of the artwork, and experiments with the various totally different soils he finds round Albuquerque, New Mexico. You may see how he does it within the video beneath, and it’ll make you wish to strive it your self!
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All of it begins with amassing the soil
Then the rocks are separated from the soil
And the shaping begins
More layers are added over time
This process takes at least 30 minutes
And it’s where people relax more and more, as they shape the ball to perfection
This step is very tricky, because the ball can easily crack and break
Then it’s left to dry in a plastic bag for at least 20 minutes
After repeating the process a few times, the polishing begins
Lots and lots of polishing…
And it turns into something like this!
The color varies because of the different soil types
People have fallen in love with this oddly satisfying DIY project
And are sharing their own creations on various social media platforms
It’s a perfect activity for meditation groups, classes or camps