The stories of the Crying Boy paintings were all the same: a fire would break out in a home – almost always an explainable accident, like kitchen fire or bad wiring – and the Crying Boy paintings remained on charred walls, completely unharmed by the fire.
In 1918, a young man bought a doll for his baby sister, Okiku. Clothed in a kimono with a traditional black bob, Okiku loved her doll so much she named it after herself and the two were inseparable. Unfortunately, Okiku became ill and died at age three. When the family moved in 1938, they were […]