dolls of japan
this book is wonderful for so many reasons...the pictures are lovely and it also included a kimono pattern, which is good for me since i like to sew things and make dolls as well. this book isn't mainly a guide to make dolls though, it also has some great information on styles of japanese dolls, their costumes and inspirations.
dolls of japan: a guide to the creation and appreciation of japanese dolls in all their colorful splendor by satako ozawa (who also created the dolls pictured)
first edition, 1957, toto shuppan company ltd., tokyo