Karakuri ningyo are mechanized puppets from Japan that were popular from the 18th century to 19th century. The word karakuri means mechanical device to tease or trick. It implies hidden magic or an element of mystery. Much has been written about eighteenth-century automata, and of the history, culture and language of interaction between man and machine in the West. Japan’s love of robots lies in the history of the ‘Karakuri Ningyo’. Until recently there had been little interest from outside Japan regarding the Karakuri Ningyo craft, and its influence on technology and the arts.