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Tsugaru Kokeshi by Zenji Sato

This Tsugaru kokeshi doll is 25 cm (10")

Tsugaru style kokeshi may have a round or long head. They have kappa haistyle. Sometimes they wear a cap or a bun on the top of the head.

Made in one block, the head is not dissociable from their body. The decorations that can be seen on their bodies are peonies, lathe lines, an obi (belt to close the kimono), Camellias, irises.

The body can be either straight or with a wider base.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Sato Zenji (1925-1985)

Born of an electrician father, he first joined the Navy in Miyagi prefecture in 1945. He then returned to the village of Morita to work in agriculture. In the 50s he learned kokeshi manufacturing techniques in Odawara and Kanagawa.

This famous craftsman used to draw feet on the basis of kokeshis.

 

45,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Tsuchiyu Kokeshi by Hiromichi Saito

This large Tsuchiyu kokeshi is 30 cm (11,8")

Her sweet appearence makes you want to adopt her !

Tsuchiyu's body are decorated with lathe lines. They have small head with sometimes a hat. They have on the top of the head a janome pattern with the center left open. Their head is inserted in the body and sometimes can squeak.

Their body are long and straight.

They have a a bang and fringes on the either side of the face.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Hiromichi Saito borned in 1930

He retired in 2014. He no longer makes kokeshi!

 

He is from Fukushima, Tsuchiyu onsen. His family made charcoal. He began to make wooden toys in the 1940s (after elementary school), then realized in 1948 that he wanted to make kokeshi.

 

* Photos : 1965 & 2013

45,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Tsuchiyu Kokeshi by Yoshimitsu Sakuma

This large Tsuchiyu kokeshi is 30 cm (11,8")

Unusual head !

Tsuchiyu's body are decorated with lathe lines. They have small head with sometimes a hat. They have on the top of the head a janome pattern with the center left open. Their head is inserted in the body and sometimes can squeak.

Their body are long and straight.

They have a a bang and fringes on the either side of the face.

 

Signed by the artisan Sakuma Yoshimitsu borned in 1940 in Fukushima.

In Tsuchiyu onsen, learned manufacturinf of Kokeshi dolls in the 60s.

42,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko Kokeshi by Hayasaka Toshinari

This traditional Naruko kokeshi is 18,5 cm (7,3")

One of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan Toshinari Hayasaka corned in 1960.

Becomes Kokeshis craftsman because his parents were themselves Kokeshis craftsmen; Master Takashi Hayasaka, and his mother Momoko Yayasaka.

He learned all the art of making Kokeshis dolls, adopting his own style.

Toshinari Hayasaka also creates wooden toys and Russian dolls.

 

29,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko Kokeshi by Kazuo Sato

This traditional Naruko kokeshi is 18 cm (7")

One of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the Master Kazuo Sato borned in 1936.

He is from Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, but in the 1940s his family moved to Tohoku in Togatta Onsen.

 

At the age of 15, when he graduated, Kazuo Sato began to learn the technique of making Japanese wooden Kokeshis. His Master was Morimasa Sato.

In the 60s, he decided to no longer be a craftsman, but an employee. He graduated as a crane operator (the mid-1960s ushered in a new type of industrial development while the economy opened up to international competition in some sectors, and developed heavy industries and chemicals).

 

[In the meantime, he married his wife Ryoko Sato, a Kokeshi, artisan who works with him today]

 

Around the age of 50 (80's), he stopped working as a crane operator because his father died. He then sets up his workshop next to his parents' house.

Learning to draw took a lot of time, but with the help of his Master Kokeshi Morimasa Sato, he did it.

Kazuo Sato says that he always tries to bring a touch of modernity to the traditional style of Kokeshi Togatta.

 

He received 3 times the highest price of the Kokeshi. He also received the title of Master Craftsman Kokeshi in 2004.

 

39,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Tsuchiyu Kokeshi

This Tsuchiyu kokeshi is 18 cm (7")

Tsuchiyu's body are decorated with lathe lines. They have small head with sometimes a hat. They have on the top of the head a janome pattern with the center left open. Their head is inserted in the body and sometimes can squeak.

Their body are long and straight.

They have a a bang and fringes on the either side of the face.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan.

 

29,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Zao kokeshi from 1982

This traditional Zao kokeshi is 18 cm (7"). Dated from 1982 !

 

Zao Style kokeshi, whose style was visibly initiated by Eijiro Okazaki who studied Togatta style at Aone Onsen, and then moved to Zao Onsen.

These kokeshi have a huge head compared to their body, with red lines on the top of the head that start from the forehead and on the sides behind the locks of hair. We call this pattern: tegara

They have a fringe and thick locks on the sides.

The mouth of the kokeshi Zao is red.

She has the lines at the shoulders. The body has patterns like chrysanthemum, cherry blossoms or peonies 

 

Handmade and signed by the artisan.

35,00 €

  • 0,25 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Little Sakunami kokeshi by Hayasaka Noboru

This little Sakunami kokeshi is 10 cm (3,9")

 

These kokeshi Sakunami have a big head (inserted) and a thin body. They were originally thought for the little hands of children.

They wear a pretty decoration above the head is red or black: Mizuhiki.

The decor of the body is either decorated with lines or peonies or chrysanthemums.

 

They have a fringe and the side locks.

 

Signed on the body by the artisan Hayasaka Noboru

20,00 €

  • 0,1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko kokeshi by Okazaki Seiichi

This little traditional Naruko kokeshi is 13 cm(5,1")

One of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the Master Okazaki Seiichi borned in 1949.

He is the 3rd generation of Naruko kokeshi's craftmen in the family.

25,00 €

  • 0,1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Togatta kokeshi by Mitsuhiro Asakura

This Togatta kokeshi doll is 14 cm (5,5")

 

Togatta style is the kokeshi style most prevalent, produced in miyagi prefecture, Tohoku region of Japan.

During the manufacturing process, the head is assembled on the body.

The pattern on the body of Togatta are often chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, or irises.

Togatta have side fringes, a wide head, and their nose is often a V inverted.

 

Handmade and Signed by the artisan Mitsuhiro Asakura (1947-2017)

35,00 €

  • 0,1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

[RARE] GIANT Yamagata Kokeshi by Hiroshi Okuyama

This GIANT Yamagata Kokeshi is 46 cm (18") !! Like a newborn !

The Yamagata kokeshi have a small head, inserted into the body with a red decoration on the top of the head called tegara. They have a bang and side fringe ; their noses may be round, inverted V shaped or represented with two small vertical lines.

Their bodies are slim with patterns such as plum or cherry blossoms, or chrysanthemums.

 

Hand made and signed by the craftsman Hiroshi Okuyama (1943-1999)          

129,00 €

  • 2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Sakunami kokeshi by Yoshisaburo Kobayashi

This traditional Sakunami kokeshi is 20 cm (7,9")

 

These kokeshi Sakunami have a big head (inserted) and a thin body. They were originally thought for the little hands of children.

They wear a pretty decoration above the head in red or black: Mizuhiki.

The decor of the body is either decorated with lines or peonies or chrysanthemums.

Se have a fringe and the side locks.

 

Signed by the artisan Yoshisaburo Kobayashi (1887-1971) !

39,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Yamagata kokeshi by Kobayashi Seitaro

Kokeshi traditional in Yamagata style about 23 cm (9")

The Yamagata kokeshi have a small head, inserted into the body with a red decoration on the top of the head called tegara. They have a bang and side fringe ; their noses may be round, inverted V shaped or represented with two small vertical lines.

Their bodies are slim with patterns such as plum or cherry blossoms, or chrysanthemums.

 

Hand made and signed by the craftsman Kobayashi Seitaro (1926-2005)

35,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Togatta kokeshi by Sato Katsuhiro

Kokeshi Togatta about 13,5 cm (5,3"). Dated from 1982 (Showa 57)

 

Togatta style is the kokeshi style most prevalent, produced in miyagi prefecture, Tohoku region of Japan.

During the manufacturing process, the head is assembled on the body.

The pattern on the body of Togatta are often chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, or irises.

Togatta have side fringes, a wide head, and their nose is often a V inverted.

 

Handmade and Signed by the artisan  Sato Katsuhiro borned in 1944.

25,00 €

  • 0,25 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Togatta kokeshi by Sato Katsuhiro

Kokeshi Togatta about 12 cm (4,7"). 

 

Togatta style is the kokeshi style most prevalent, produced in miyagi prefecture, Tohoku region of Japan.

During the manufacturing process, the head is assembled on the body.

The pattern on the body of Togatta are often chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, or irises.

Togatta have side fringes, a wide head, and their nose is often a V inverted.

 

Handmade and Signed by the artisan  Sato Katsuhiro borned in

25,00 €

  • 0,1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko nemariko Kokeshi by Takahashi Shogo

Traditional naruko kokeshi about 9,5 cm (3,7") Dated from 1981 ( Showa 56)

 

It is a nemariko kokeshi which represent a child sitting.

 

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan Takahashi Shogo borned in 1929.

25,00 €

  • 0,25 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Tsuchiyu kokeshi by Watanabe Tetsuo

This traditional kokeshi in Tsuchiyu style is 18,5 cm (3,5"). Dated  1980 (Showa 55)

Tsuchiyu's body are decorated with lathe lines. They have small head with sometimes a hat. They have on the top of the head a janome pattern with the center left open. Their head is inserted in the body and sometimes can squeak.

Their body are long and straight.

They have a a bang and fringes on the either side of the face.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Watanabe Tetsuo (1937-2017)

39,00 €

  • 0,25 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko kokeshi by Yusa Fukuju

This traditional Naruko kokeshi is Kokeshi 17 cm (6,7"). Dated 1978.

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan Yusa Fukuju (1930-2001). He made traditional and creative kokeshi..

29,00 €

  • 0,25 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko kokeshi by Onuma Hidenori

This traditional Naruko kokeshi is Kokeshi 17,5 cm (6,9"). From 1975 (Showa 50)

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan Onuma Hidenori borned in 1959

29,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko Kokeshi by Takahashi Teruyuki

This traditional Naruko kokeshi is Kokeshi 24,5 cm (9,6")

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan Takahashi Teruyuki borned in 1940.

35,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Togatta kokeshi by Sato Bunsuke

This traditional Togatta Kokeshi is 25 cm (9,8")

Togatta style is the kokeshi style most prevalent, produced in miyagi prefecture, Tohoku region of Japan.

During the manufacturing process, the head is assembled on the body.

The pattern on the body of Togatta are often chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, or irises.

Togatta have side fringes, a wide head, and their nose is often a V inverted.

 

Handmade and Signed by the artisan Sato Bunsuke (1901-1977)

25,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Nanbu kokeshi by Takahashi Kinzo

Large traditional kokeshi in Nanbu style about 31 cm height (12,2") and 6 cm (2,4") circumference !

Nanbu kokeshi tend to be considered as creative kokeshi. Some artisans paint their kokeshi with designs inspired by Naruko and Togatta styles.

They often have a large head with squared hair. You can see the tegara pattern on the top of the head.

No particular decoration on the body, except chrysanthemums or lines.

They often wear a bang and strands of hair on each side, and a little round nose!

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Takahashi Kinzo borned in 1923.

42,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Yamagata kokeshi by Abe Masayoshi

Kokeshi traditional in Yamagata style about 14 cm (5,5")

The Yamagata kokeshi have a small head, inserted into the body with a red decoration on the top of the head called tegara. They have a bang and side fringe ; their noses may be round, inverted V shaped or represented with two small vertical lines.

Their bodies are slim with patterns such as plum or cherry blossoms, or chrysanthemums.

 

Hand made and signed by the craftsman Abe Masayoshi borned in 1939.

25,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Yamagata kokeshi by Abe Masayoshi

Kokeshi traditional in Yamagata style about 14 cm (5,5")

The Yamagata kokeshi have a small head, inserted into the body with a red decoration on the top of the head called tegara. They have a bang and side fringe ; their noses may be round, inverted V shaped or represented with two small vertical lines.

Their bodies are slim with patterns such as plum or cherry blossoms, or chrysanthemums.

 

Hand made and signed by the craftsman Abe Masayoshi borned in 1939.

25,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

[RARE] HIjiori Kokeshi by Sato Shoichi

This  RARE  traditional Hijiori kokeshi is 19 cm (7,5")

 

The Togatta style has been mixed with the Naruko style to give the particular Hijiori style.

Nowadays, this style is the one that gathers the smallest number of craftsmen!

The kokeshi Hijiori have a rather large head and a decoration of red color on the head (tegara or other) and sometimes black hair.

Their bodies are stable and round, and the wood used is quite heavy.

We can distinguish the demarcation of the shoulders. The patterns that can be seen on their bodies are chrysanthemums, a kimono or maple leaves.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Sato Shoichi borned in 1935

Mizuki wood.

Hijiori style kokeshi are very rare.

39,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Togatta kokeshi by Sato Bunsuke

Large Togatta kokeshi style about 31 cm (12,2")

 

Togatta style is the kokeshi style most prevalent, produced in miyagi prefecture, Tohoku region of Japan.

During the manufacturing process, the head is assembled on the body.

The pattern on the body of Togatta are often chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, or irises.

Togatta have side fringes, a wide head, and their nose is often a V inverted.

 

Handmade and Signed by the artisan Sato Bunsuke (1901-1977)

45,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Yajiro kokeshi by Sato Jiro

This Large Yajiro kokeshi doll is 41 cm (16") ! When we shake her head, we can hear the sound of a rattle.

 

Yajiro kokeshi dolls have the head inserted in the body. They often have a beret with various colors.

They have side fringes and a decoration behind the fringes.

Their body is straight, but some Yajiro dolls have a distinct waist o curvaceous body.

They used to have a wider base which makes her very stable.

Finally, these Yajiro kokeshi have lovely blushed cheeks !

 

Signed by the artisan Etsuko Kamada Sato Jiro

(Small wear on the back of the kokeshi, price accordingly)

45,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko kokeshi by Sato Yoshihiro

This traditional Naruko style kokeshi is 31 cm (12,2")

 

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan Sato Yoshihiro

39,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko kokeshi by Igarashi Igamu

She is 19 cm (7,5")

 

When most Japanese people hear the word "Kokeshi", they think of Naruko-Kokeshi.

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan Igarashi Igamu

29,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Yajiro kokeshi by Etsuko Kamada

This Yajiro kokeshi doll is 19 cm (7,5")

pastel colors ; unusual beacause kokeshi used to be painted with dark colors.

Yajiro kokeshi dolls have the head inserted in the body. They often have a beret with various colors.

They have side fringes and a decoration behind the fringes.

Their body is straight, but some Yajiro dolls have a distinct waist o curvaceous body.

They used to have a wider base which makes her very stable.

Finally, these Yajiro kokeshi have lovely blushed cheeks !

 

Signed by the artisan Etsuko Kamada

29,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Togatta kokeshi by Ohara Shokuchi

This Togatta kokeshi doll is 31 cm (12")

 

Togatta style is the kokeshi style most prevalent, produced in miyagi prefecture, Tohoku region of Japan.

During the manufacturing process, the head is assembled on the body.

The pattern on the body of Togatta are often chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, or irises.

Togatta have side fringes, a wide head, and their nose is often a V inverted.

 

Handmade and Signed by the artisan Ohara Shokuchi (1910-1982)

45,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Large Tsuchiyu kokeshi by Watanabe Tetsuo

This large Tsuchiyu kokeshi is 32 cm (12,6")

Tsuchiyu's body are decorated with lathe lines. They have small head with sometimes a hat. They have on the top of the head a janome pattern with the center left open. Their head is inserted in the body and sometimes can squeak.

Their body are long and straight.

They have a a bang and fringes on the either side of the face.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Watanabe Tetsuo borned in 1937

45,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko kokeshi by Igarashi Igamu

Traditional kokeshi doll in Naruko style. 31 cm (12") 

When most Japanese people hear the word "Kokeshi", they think of Naruko-Kokeshi.

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan Igarashi Igamu

45,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison