Bamboo doll (New Horizons)

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Bamboo Series
Bamboo doll
Buy price Sell price
Not for sale  2,400 Bells
Height Size
1.0 x 1.0 1.0 × 1.0
Obtain via  Crafting
Recipe Young spring bamboo
Recipe type Housewares (#511)
Recipe obtained via  Balloons (spring)
 Message bottle (On boat tours)
Customize No customization options.
HHA themes Harmonious / Fantasy
HHA points 201
Names in other languages
 대나무 깜짝 상자
 boîte à malice en bambou
 boîte à malice en bambou
 ornamento de bambú
 ornamento de bambú
 scatola a sorpresa di bambù
 кукла из бамбука

The bamboo doll is a houseware furniture item in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It is part of the Bamboo Series. This furniture can be interacted with to reveal a girl doll inside the bamboo.

The bamboo doll can be obtained from crafting, which requires young spring bamboo. The recipe for this item can be obtained from balloons during spring or from message bottles found on the Spring Bamboo island via Kapp'n's boat tours.

This item appears as a furniture item in the homes of Chester and Chow. As a result, this item has a chance to be purchasable by the player if they were invited by any of the preceding villagers.

In Happy Home Paradise, this item is unlocked for use in designing when doing a vacation home request for Azalea, Chester, and Ruby.

Real-world information

An illustration of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, showing the bamboo cutter finding an infant hidden inside a shining stalk of bamboo.

The bamboo doll is a reference to The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (竹取物語 Taketori Monogatari?), a Japanese folktale written during the Heian period of Japan. It is the oldest surviving monogatari, or Japanese narrative tale.

According to the tale, a bamboo cutter one day witnessed a shining bamboo stalk, and cuts it open to find an infant lying in the stalk. He names the girl "Nayotake-no-Kaguya-hime" (なよたけのかぐや姫?), and as time passed, the girl ages to a beautiful woman, and people traveled to her with curiosity towards her beauty. Five nobles soon approached Kaguya-hime, and she tasked each of them an impossible request in order to marry her. None of the men were able to succeed. Later, the Emperor of Japan visits Kaguya-hime and also gives an offer for love, but she declines as she would disappear if he took her. It is then revealed that Kaguya-hime had come from the Moon and she was to return to her homeland and leave behind everyone. The emperor tries to protect Kaguya-hime by sending his warriors to watch her residence, but to no avail. Kaguya-hime flies away in a carriage, leaving behind a letter and the elixir of life, which the emperor orders both to be burn on the top of the most sacred mountain. This mountain is thought to be that of Mount Fuji.[1][2]

The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter received many adaptations, most famously an 2013 animated film titled The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語 Kaguya-hime no Monogatari?), animated by Studio Ghibli and directed by Isao Takahata. It received a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 87th Oscars. More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.



  1.  (April 21, 2017) "The Legend of the Bamboo Cutter and the Princess of the Moon". Faena. Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  2.  (June 1, 2021) "Story Time: “Kaguya-hime: The Bamboo Cutter and the Moon Princess” (Ep. 77)". Uncanny Japan. Retrieved February 4, 2024.