The Kokeshis of Takei Takeo is 2,200 yen and worth every penny. I found it in a local bookstore, but it's available at Amazon Japan and elsewhere on line in Japan, and may also be available overseas. Of course it's in Japanese, but my dear fellow foreigners, do not let that scare you away. Like the kokeshis themselves these beautiful prints will speak to you, so it's not essential to be able to read Japanese to appreciate this work. Overall Cochae has done a great job with this book, and hopefully we'll see more like it about the world of kokeshi art. Also nice would be an English-language version. Maybe some day...
I took a few photos of the book below, and there are more at the Cochae web site: http://www.cochae.com/topics/1209/
|Some of Mr. Takei's earliest kokeshi art.|
|Cochae seems to have reproduced the booklet exactly as the original. This alone probably makes it worth the price of the book.|
|A photo of one of Mr. Takei's kokeshi art books.|