Before Bernice's Arrival
Bernice, a Blue-eyed Doll, was given by
America. American Sidney Gulick discussed how to improve relations with Japan.
The dolls were given to kindergartens and schools. There were some places that
did not receive dolls. Over 12,000 dolls were given to Japan.
Coming of Bernice
The Blue-eyed Dolls came, and they were
welcomed at kindergartens and schools throughout Japan. Of course, Bernice was
also welcomed at Moriyama Elementary School. The children played with Bernice
and gave her a warm welcome. It was a fun time in all the school when Bernice
Bernice and the War
War started throughout the world, and
Japan and the U.S. became enemies. In Japan, soon people started to say,
"The Blue-eyed Dolls are spies from America!" The Blue-eyed Dolls
were destroyed by crushing, drowning, hanging, and hitting them. Moriyama
Elementary also received an order to destroy its Blue-eyed Doll. However, one
teacher working at Moriyama Elementary at that time said, "The doll has
done nothing wrong." This teacher hid Bernice in the library. In this way
Bernice was protected.
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