OSAKA - A new type of puppet doll made to resemble a sleeping baby dressed in baby clothes is becoming a hit in Japan. The dolls, named "Yasuraka Akachan" (peaceful baby), are sold by Osaka-based cosmetics firm Suhada Biyo Kenkyusho. They are priced at 12,600 yen each.
Between August last year and the end of 2005, 800 of the dolls had reportedly been sold. Company officials reportedly decided to market the puppet dolls on the premise that "beauty starts with a peaceful heart."
1. Peaceful Baby Dolls - The growing popularity of peaceful baby dolls signals a trend for nurturing and self-care products in the toy industry.
2. Sleep Simulation Dolls - Sleep simulation dolls could disrupt traditional sleep aid products and create opportunities in the wellness industry for companies looking to innovate.
3. Realistic Baby Dolls - Realistic baby dolls with soothing features could be a trend for the future of the doll industry providing opportunities for toy companies to innovate in realistic and comforting designs.
1. Toy Industry - The revolutionary success of peaceful baby dolls can inspire a new wave of innovation in the toy industry to create products with a nurturing purpose.
2. Wellness Industry - The implication of peaceful baby dolls to aid in sleep could open an opportunity for innovation in sleep-aid products with advanced features to provide calming environments.
3. Cosmetics Industry - The unexpected business venture of Osaka-based cosmetics firm Suhada Biyo Kenkyusho can inspire companies within the industry to invest in innovative explorations of products beyond beauty-related goods.