Kokeshi Dolls

Kokeshi dolls are traditional Japanese dolls made of wood.

It is said to have originated in the Tohoku region (Northeast Japan) where they were made by lathe-craftsmen. Around the middle of the Edo Period (1603 - 1867), settled down near the many spas (onsen) found in the Tohoku region, making wooden bowls and trays for sell to the visitors at the spas. They also start to make the Kokeshi dolls that people will bring back as gifts.
Today they remain a traditional hand made toy, but more often you to decorate a desk, a piece of furniture or a shelf.
Taking on this tradition, the kokeshi we have selected for you are made and hand painted in Japan, in Gunma Prefecture.

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