Japan has a myriad of traditional dolls. There's the Daruma, Teru Teru Bozu, Hina dolls, and many more. Today I'd like to introduce to you Kokeshi dolls! Kokeshi dolls have a rich history of approximately 150 years. During the Edo Period of Japan, there were many artisans whose talents brought forth multiple designs of dolls. Kokeshi compared to other dolls take on a more human-like appearance. They were originally crafted in the Touhoku Region of Japan, produced as wooden, cylindrical toys. They resemble people, little girls in particular. They're now considered traditional Japanese crafts, and are popular souvenirs to those visiting Japan.
Traditionally, there are ten types of Kokeshi dolls:
The type of Kokeshi doll depends on the region from where they were produced. The wood used for each Kokeshi varies by the color of its parts. Nowadays, a new style of Kokeshi are being produced--新型こけし (shingatakokeshi) which are "creative" twists to the original dolls. They come in different shapes and styles, such as well known characters. I'm certain you can recognize some in the picture below:
Kokeshi dolls are often displayed in homes, adding Japanese accents to any decor. Now, with the vast selection avaliable of these dolls, I'm thinking of starting up my own collection. These lovely dolls are up for auction here on J-Subculture Japan Auction, so bid away!
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