Japanese Kokeshi: The Traditional Art of Wooden Dolls

Kokeshi are traditional Japanese dolls that were created in the mountainous regions of northern Japan centuries ago. They are made from cedar or cherry wood, and usually have a round head and cylindrical body. Kokeshi are often painted with colourful patterns and decorated with traditional Japanese clothing.

Kokeshi were originally created as toys for children, but have become popular as collectibles and decorative items. There are several different styles of kokeshi depending on the region where they were made, each with distinct characteristics such as head shapes, paint patterns and clothing styles.

There are also modern kokeshi, created for collectors and tourists, which can be made from materials such as resin or plastic. Modern kokeshi are often more colourful and detailed than traditional kokeshi and can be used as decorative objects.

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