"The realistic looking doll on our cover this month is really only that. It is one of the exquisite figures in the marvellous collection of Japanese dolls owned by Helen Steere of Daphne Street. The doll, who brings to mind images of the exotic East and Expo '70, is based on the character of Madame Butterfly. The Japanese garden and backing was created through the generosity of members of the Bonsai Society who loaned us the bonsai trees and backdrop".
The Gisborne Photo News magazine helps us to update this type of Japanese dolls. According to our research this particular shape of a black painted and varnished black doll stand was used in the Japanese doll making starting before the mid-1960s. There are other indicators which determine the age of this Japanese doll e.g. fabric of kimono, the shape of the toes and shape of fingers etc.