*1) GENJI (山田源治 - Ymada Genji)
Kokeshi artist Genji yamada, he received numerous prizes at the awards;
The All Japan Kokeshi Competitions
The Gunma Prefecture Kokeshi Competition
*2) KEIJI (三山けいじ - Miyama Keiji)
prize-winning Kokeshi artist, he awarded many prizes at the kokeshi competitions;
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award
The All Japan Kokeshi CompetitionThe All Gunma Kokeshi Competition
*3) CHIE (田村千栄 - Tamura Chie)
She is one of the mostrenowned sosaku-creative Kokeshi artists, receiving numerous awards during her career.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery in 1987
The Minister of International Trade and Industry in 1997
*4) USABURŌ (岡本卯三郎 - Usaburo I), Usaburo brand
Usaburo I, the founder of Usaburo kokeshi, was born in 1917 in Shinto, Gunma Prefecture, and started kokeshi manufacture in 1950.
Winner of many prizes, including the Prize of the Minister of International Trade and industry. Died in Jul 2009 at the age of 91.
His particular processing technique has redefined the design of traditional kokeshi.
Usaburo also studied the possibiulity of using keyaki and chestnut, trees having beautiful grains, in addition to table dogwood, a commonly used material. Today, Usaburo Kokeshi can boast 6 award-winning craftsmen, as well as 25 collaborating craftsmen employed in the production of kokeshi dolls.
*5) TANAKA KŌJŌ (田中晃常)
One of the major artists of Kokeshi and has already twice won the Governor of Gunma Prefecture award.
*6) Fujikawa Masae (藤川正衛)
Born in Numata, in the prefecture of Gunma in 1942. He studied with master Ishida Kanji, the first president of the "Gunma Kokeshi cooperative association" from 1959 to 1962.Since 1991. Afterward, he opened Fujikawa Craft Corporation. He received many Kokeshi prizes including the Prime Minister's prize in 1996 and 2002, one was for his Kokeshi titled Michi Ko "Rain Child". And also won in his career, the "Minister of Agriculture, forestry and Fishery" in 1995 and 1996.