Clara's standing up!
The Jomon Period is the long stone age time starting before 10,000 B.C. until the 3rd century B.C. in the history of Japan. Many clay figurines were made in that period. At first, they were flat and not able to stand up. So, when one with a more human-like shape which could stand up on its own was found and excavated, it became big news in the field of archeology. The clay figurine was named "Clara". But why "Clara?"
There is a very famous Japanese old animation "Heidi, Girl in the Alps," which is based off of "Heidi," written by the Swiss author, Johanna Spyri. In the anime, Heidi's friend Clara, who had been in a wheelchair for a long time because of her bad legs, was one day able to stand. Heidi showed her standing to their little friend Peter. He was delighted and jumped around her with joy, crying, "Clara's standing up! Clara's standing up!" This picture is very famous, and well known to many Japanese people.
I was very impressed with the wit of the person who named the clay figurine "Clara".
The scene of "Clara's standing up!" (Anime)
from the website of Sannai Maruyama Site:
At Sannai Maruyama Site in Aomori, you can make copies of Jomon figurines with the instructor.
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