Named in honor of Kazuko Ichikawa, who has loved dolls since her childhood. While working for a toy company as a designer of “Jenny”, she was charmed by the lovely figures and started making teddy bears in 1987. She now attracts attention as one of the leading teddy-bear artists in Japan, and she teaches students the joy of making teddy bears themselves. Her works are introduced at Teddy Bear Museum as well as through her books, the best known of which is My Friend Teddy Bear. (M 34631) _ _.