I know that this is hardly a kokeshi adventure, but it is part of the kokeshi heritage so I had to tell you all about it.
|The unboxing! Each box included a kokeshi (of course), a pamphlet about the kokeshi, and directions on how to take care of the kokeshi.|
|A close up of the pamphlet. It's obvious that a lot of effort went into the pamphlets, which are a nice bit of kokeshi ephemera.|
|Here's a Togatta kokeshi 遠刈田系 by Mr. Asakura Koyo 朝倉光洋さん of Sendai. Mr. Asakura is still making kokeshis today.|
|This is a Naruko kokeshi by? I don't have the box for this one, and I can't read the signature on the bottom. Very nice though.|
|This is a Sakunami kokeshi 作並系こけし by Mr. Hayasaka Denkichi 早坂伝吉さん. He is not listed in the Traditional Kokeshi Artist File handbook, so he has either retired or has passed away.|
|A very handsome Yamagata kokeshi by Mr. Abe Masayoshi of Yamagata City. He's still making kokeshis and from what I can tell continues to make this particular design.|
|A Naruko kokeshi by Mr. Sakurai Shoji 桜井昭二さん who is still making kokeshis today.|
|A handsome Yamagata kokeshi 山形系こけし by Mr. Kobayashi Kiyoshi 小林清さん of Yamagata City.|
|Obviously a Tsugaru kokeshi津軽系こけし by Mr. Sato Yoshiki 佐藤佳樹さん of Kuroishi City in Aomori Prefecture. He's still making kokeshis, though he's moved on from this design.|
|A beautiful Tsuchiyu kokeshi by Mr. Jinnohara Yukinori of Tsuchiyu Onsen in Fukushima Prefecture. In the summer of 2011 we ate tempura at his restaurant in the center of town.|
|A Kijiyama kokeshi 木地山系こけし by Mr. Kitayama Ken'ichi 北山賢一さん of Akita Prefecture. I've never seen a Kijiyama with this pattern before.|
|A fine Yajiro kokeshi 弥次郎系こけし by none other than Mr. Sato Seiko 佐藤誠孝さん whom we got to know last year at his temporary home on the side of a dormant volcano in Gunma Prefecture.|
Ok, I kind of lied about not ever seeing of sets of kokeshis. About two weeks ago Naoko received an ad postcard for a special collection of seven exotic traditional kokeshis in a beautiful silk-lined box. The seven kokeshis have traditional heads and faces by some real masters (two of whom participated in the Sony set above), but take a look at the bodies! I'm not sure I like these too much, but I'll bet these will be snatched up quickly by some serious collectors.
|Here's the postcard, stuck to the fridge with two kokeshi magnets by Mrs. Honma Naoko.|
|A close up view of the collection.|