Kokeshi Dolls – Tsuchiyu Style

By Mike Sullivan In a previous article I discussed one type of Kokeshi Doll from Naruko, altogether there are eleven official kinds of Kokeshi dolls, the Naruko style was started by a woodturner called Matagoro Onuma. The popularity of this doll was particularly sparked by a train line to Naruko that was built in 1915.In […]

Kokeshi Dolls – Naruko Style

By Mike Sullivan Beautiful Kokeshi dolls have been around for hundreds of years, originally they were made for children to play with but now they have become an adored collector’s item. They first started making dolls in the north of Japan in the seventeenth century; in places like Miyagi prefecture there are beautiful mountains with […]