Japan's Artisans: The Way It Was ... And Still Is

In a country obsessed with perfection, very few artisans can claim to have truly mastered their craft. Those who have are known as Living National Treasures.

Hellen van Meene
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Toso Dolls

Each doll stands ten inches and takes four months to craft (though some have taken a decade). From $20,000; galleryjapan.com.