From 1-11 July Naoko, the girls and I repeated our great kokeshi adventure from last summer and headed north to Aomori and Yamagata (and Hokkaido, a sadly kokeshi-less island) to meet with craftsmen and see what they've been creating. It was a great trip that took us to Kuroishi, Kamikita, and Owani in Aomori, and Zao and Yamagata City in Yamagata Prefecture. While not as exclusively devoted to kokeshis as last year, it was still a great vacation and we of course picked up some fantastic traditional kokeshis. Below are a few uncaptioned photos from various times on the trip, about which I'll explain in some upcoming blog posts. Enjoy!