Dorodango: The Japanese Art of Making Mud Balls by Bruce Gardner.
Dorodango: The Japanese Art of Making Mud Balls by Bruce Gardner.
Dorodango: The Japanese Art of Making Mud Balls by Bruce Gardner.

Dorodango: The Japanese Art of Making Mud Balls by Bruce Gardner.

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The Japanese hikaru dorodango, or shiny mud ball, is created by rolling earth by hand into a perfect sphere and polishing it until it gleams. Not only are the results truly impressive, but this calm and meditative practice, a traditional Japanese playground activity for children, has been rediscovered as a peaceful pastime for people of all ages.

Known for inducing flow, the ultimate state of happiness, this simple art is perfect for those who enjoy practicing mindfulness, spending time in nature, and working with their hands. It’s also a lovely way to preserve soil that is special to you, whether it reminds you of home or a place you’ve traveled. As your collection of dorodango grows, you’ll find that earth from different locations each have their own unique properties and finishes.

With beautiful photography and straight forward instructions, this handy guide will teach you everything you need to know to make your own mud balls at home with easily sourced materials.

Author: Bruce Gardner

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing