Folk art "KOKESHI" DOll


 

Today, Japanese kokeshi dolls are categorized in two major groups: traditional ones and creative ones. The former are produced in a traditional way mainly in Tohoku area, or Northern part of Japan mainland, and the latter are made in modern styles by many craftpersons and have full of originality and variety.

 

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◆ Traditional Kokeshi ◆ - 伝統こけし -

The traditional kokeshi are produced only in 6 prefectures of Tohoku and are very simple in their designs - consisting of round heads,  cylindrical shape and limbless bodies. The hair is painted on, and sometimes, it only frames the sides of the face. 
The floral and linear patterns that are painted on the kimono are developed specifically in particular regions and are then passed down through generations. The distinctive features of these dolls allows experts to identify exactly where they have been produced (and often, by whom as well). These are in 11 areas, the Tsuchiyu, Yajiro, Togatta, Naruko, Hijiori, Sakunami, Zao, Kijiyama, Nanbu, Yamagata, and Tsugaru.

◆ Creative Kokeshi ◆ - 創作こけし -

These are not designed to look like the traditional kokeshi, they are revamped and modernized to include a lot of designs, richer colors, different facial expressions and hairstyles, as well as the shape of these dols. It is the unrestrained imagination of the artist that allows him to create the doll without any set frame.

The creative Kokeshi have been developing as an art form since the WWII. These dolls are not particular to one region of Japan. While the traditional kokeshi dolls have certain distinctive features that set them apart, the growing popularity of these dolls - usually as a collectible - have ensured that they continue to be in production.


Naruko Kokeshi

Naruko Kokeshi originated from the Naruko hot springs in Miyagi prefecture. One unique feature of these dolls is that it produces a squeaky sound when the head is turned. Skilled artisan carved from a spinning block of wood, and is vividly hand painted. They have gentle features and wider shoulders and skirts. They often exhibit a chrysanthemum motif and a red headdress.

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A) Kasanegiku

B) Hishigiku

C) Nadeshiko


☆ Naruko Kokeshi 18 cm

Kokeshi Type; Naruko style

Artisan; Seiichi Okazaki

Pattern; A) Kasanegiku (Overlapped chrysanthemums)

                B) Hishigiku (diamond shape chrysanthemum)

                C) Nadeshiko (Dianthus)

 

Handmade wooden doll which squeaks when you twist their heads.

At the bottom of the piece is signed by the artissan Okazaki.

 

● size (approximately)

   height 18 cm, weight 135 g (head) diameter 5 cm / (bottom) diameter 4 cm

● material

   Mizuki (Cornus controversa) / Itaya (Acer Moho) / Kaede (Maple Tree)

 

*The actual doll you will get is slightly different from pictures on this page due to hand-painting.

 

Naruko Kokeshi - nadeshiko / hishigiku / kasanegiku -

34,00 €

  • Lieferbar innerhalb von 1-3 Werktage *1 / Ships within 1-3 working days *1

Togatta Kokeshi

The Togatta-kokeshi was developed mainly in the Togatta hot-spring village in Zao town, a 70 minute car journey from Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture, and it is located at the foot of “Mt.Zao” a hot-spring town which is also used as a base for many ski areas in these mountains.
The typical trait of a Togatta-kokeshi is a simple silhouette with a slim, straight cylindrical body and large head with narrow eyes.

The top of the head is usually painted red with radial curving lines from the forehead down the side of both cheeks. This pattern is called ‘Tegara.’

☆ Togatta Kokeshi 18 cm

Kokeshi Type; Togatta style

Artisan; Koichi Sakuta

Pattern; Kasanegiku  (Overlapped chrysanthemums)

 

This Togatta Kokeshi has a simple silhouette with a straight body and a biger head. The cool eyes are painted with upper and lower eyelids. The body is painted with cherry blossom motifs. The round face is surrounded by red petals from the forehead to the cheeks.

At the bottom of the piece is signed by the artissan K. Sakuta.

 

● size (approximately)

   height 18 cm, weight 160 g (head) diameter 6,0 cm / (bottom) diameter 4 cm

● material

   Mizuki (Cornus controversa) / Itaya (Acer Moho) / Kaede (Maple Tree)

 

*The actual doll you will get is slightly different from pictures on this page due to hand-painting.

Kokeshi Doll - Kasanegiku-

34,00 €

  • Lieferbar innerhalb von 1-3 Werktage *1 / Ships within 1-3 working days *1

Yajiro Kokeshi

Yajiro Kokeshi developed in the Yajiro area which is located in Shiroishi Village. This style of Kokeshi are easily recognizable by their signature waistline and colors. This doll has a dominant yellow base for its body with colorful designs. The top of the head is painted with colorful rings that look like a beret. The wide lines on the body are painted on the lathe, while the designs on the collar and skirt are painted freehand. Perhaps because Yajiro Kokeshi come from the warmest of the Kokeshi-producing regions in Tohoku, they have a bright and open air. 

☆ Yajiro Kokeshi 24 cm

Kokeshi Type; Yajiro style

Artisan; Koichi Sato

Pattern; pine needle on Yellow Kimono

 

The wide lines on the body are painted on the lathe, while the designs on the collar and skirt are painted freehand. They have single-lid eyes and a cat’s nose. This doll has a dominant yellow base for its body with purple, black, blue and red designs.

At the bottom of the piece is signed by the artissan K. Sato.

 

● size (approximately)

   height 24 cm, weight 300 - 320 g / (head) diameter 7,5 cm / (bottom) diameter 5,3 cm

● material

   Mizuki wood (Cornus controversa) 

 

*The actual doll you will get is slightly different from pictures on this page due to hand-painting.

Yajiro Kokeshi

41,80 €

  • Lieferbar innerhalb von 1-3 Werktage *1 / Ships within 1-3 working days *1

Creative Kokeshi -創作こけし-

1) Hanafubuki

     -flower storm -

[Artisan]   Genji Yamada 

[size (approximate)]

       Height   13 cm

   diameter   5 cm  

      Weight    110 g  

[Material]    Mizuki wood

2) Hanazakari

     - blooming -

[Artistan]   Keiji Miyama 

[size (approximate)]

      Height   13,5 cm

  diameter   6,5 cm 

      Weight  170 g

[Material]   Mizuki wood 

* prize-winning of Minister of International Trade and Industry in the national kokeshi competition

3) Haru no Yume

     - spring dream -

[Artisan]   Kojo Tanaka 

[size (approximate)]

      Height   18,5 cm

  diameter   8 cm

      Weight  320 g

[Material]   Mizuki wood

 4) Nobana

     - wildflower -

[Artisan]   Masae Fujikawa  

[size (approximate)] 

      Height   16 cm

  diameter   8 cm 

      Weight   290 g

[Material]    Mizuki wood

* The title name plate is included.

* prize-winning of Prime Minister's Award in the national kokeshi competition. 


5) Kinshu

     - dazzling autumn -

[Artisan]   Usaburo

[size (approximate)]

       Height   15 cm

   diameter   7,5 cm 

      Weight   260 g

[Material]   body/face: Mizuki wood

                     head: Chestnut wood

6) Hanazukushi

     - full of flower -

[Artistan]   Keiji Miyama

[size (approximate)]

       Height  19 cm

   diameter  6,5 cm 

      Weight   220 g

[Material]    Mizuki wood 

 

* prize-winning of Minister of International Trade and Industry in the national kokeshi competition

7) Hanaguruma 

     -flower wheel -

[Artisan]   Usaburo

[size (approximate)]

      Height   18 cm

  diameter   7 cm 

      Weight   335 g

[Material]    Body: Cherry wood

                      Head: Chestnut wood

                      Face: Mizuki wood


☆ Creative Kokeshi

Art.-No.1) "Hanafubuki" -flower storm -

Art.-No.2) "Hanazakari" - blooming - sold out/Ausverkauft-

Art.-No.3) "Haru no Yume" - spring dream - sold out/Ausverkauft-

Art.-No.4) "Nobana" - wildflower - sold out/Ausverkauft

Art.-No.5) "Kinshu" - dazzling autumn-

Art.-No.6) "Hanazukushi" - full of flower - sold out/Ausverkauft-

Art.-No.7) "Hanaguruma" - flower wheel -

 

 *The actual doll you will get is slightly different from pictures on this page due to hand-painting.

Creative Kokeshi

27,80 €

  • Lieferbar innerhalb von 1-3 Werktage *1 / Ships within 1-3 working days *1

◆ Attention ◆

       Kokeshi dolls are made from natural wood and handmade one by one by artisans.

       Though they create the same kokeshi dolls as the product photos, the appearances of them such as colors, shapes, grain, facial  

       expression may be a little different from pictures. Please accept the matter of these slight differences.