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Shakoki Dogu Clay Figure
遮光器土偶
Shakōki-Dogū Clay Figurine Picture
     Unearthed in 1887 from the Kamegaoka Ruins, the Shakōki-Dogū clay figure dates back to the Jomon Period (14,000 to 300 BCE) and is highly regarded for its artistry. It was classified as a Nationally Designated Important Cultural Property in 1957.
     With a height of 34.5 centimeters, the name "Shakōki” (literally, “light-blocking device”) comes from the resemblance of the figure’s face to traditional Inuit snow goggles. Believed to have been used as an object of worship by ancient peoples, its unique appearance fills the viewer with a sense of mystery.
     While the figure itself is held in the Tokyo National Museum, a replica of the figure is on display at the Karuko Archaeological Hall in Tsugaru City. Also, Shakōki-Dogū figures can be found all throughout the city, with an enormous one built into the side of JR Kizukuri Station welcoming visitors to the city. In fact, the clay figure is so popular in Tsugaru City that it has been affectionately nicknamed "Shako-chan."

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Karuko Archaelogical Hall
Phone Number: 0173-42-6490(Japanese only)
Business Hours: 9:00 - 16:00
Days Closed: Mondays, the day after national holidays
Karuko Archaeological Hall Jōmon Dwelling Picture Karuko Archaelogical Hall
     Located next to Tsugaru City Hall, the Karuko Archaelogical Hall contains a replica of the Shakōki-Dogū, a full-scale reproduction of Jomon dwelling, as well as various eathernware and stonetools.
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