|Naoko found this kokeshi display in the station.|
That night, as we were walking through the upper concourse of the Yamagata station we came across a kokeshi display showing a selection of Yamagata-type 山形系 and Zao-Takayu-type 蔵王高湯系 kokeshis. Yes, we were once again in a kokeshi hot spot.
|Inside the magnificent Yamagata station. The vendor was selling small boxes of perfect Yamagata cherries for 2,000 yen, or about $25.|
|Where is Shobido?|
|Shobido at last. Yes, those are modern kokeshis from Gunma on the back wall. Not exactly a Yamagata craft.|
|This was the extent of the kokeshis at Shobido. Fortunately, the pieces for sale were high quality and fairly priced. We immediately recognized ones by craftsmen whom we'd visited in the area.|
|Kokeshis from Akita, Miyagi, and Yamagata.|
|Zao and Yamagata kokeshis. We got one of the yellow ones from Yamadera way in the back. We met the maker, Mr. Ishiyama Kazuo last year. If you'd like to read about that adventure here's the link: http://kokeshi-adventures.blogspot.jp/2012/06/yamadera-kokeshi.html|
However, as we'll see in an upcoming blog we did do a bit more kokeshi hunting before heading back to Tokyo.
|Shobido had this nice little display.|