|A traditional kokeshi doll.|
That said, why a blog about these delightful wooden works of art? My wife Naoko and I, who reside in the Tokyo area, have recently begun to develop a deep interest in kokeshis to the point that we often arrange weekend family trips around kokeshi hunts. Out of these adventures we have already met artisans and seen them at work on their lathes, visited their shops and ateliers （工房）, and at the same time have begun learning about a whole sub-section of Japanese artisan culture of which we had only been vaguely aware. Hopefully this blog will become a record of our kokeshi adventures, and at the same make available in English information about lesser known aspects of this rich and wonderful bit of Japanese artistic heritage.