Sunday, June 30, 2013

Charity Kokeshis チャリティーこけし

Back in March and April 2013 the Tsugaru Kokeshi Kan 津軽こけし館 held a charity kokeshi event in support of of the March 11th, 2011 disaster victims from Kuroishi City's sister city Miyako City 宮古市 in Iwate Prefecture. For the charity nine different Tsugaru kokeshi 津軽系こけし masters created small, 6-centimeter pieces with designs of apples and hamagiku ハマギク, a type of daisy that lives along the Pacific coast of Tohoku and is Miyako's city flower. Naoko bought three of them which arrived the other day. From left to right they were made by Mr. Hasegawa Kenzo 長谷川健三さん, Mrs. Honma Naoko 本間直子さん, and 島津誠一さん Mr. Shimazu Sei'ichi. Really nice, and obviously for a good cause. If you want to read about the charity event (Japanese only) visit the Tsugaru Kokeshi Kan's blog and scroll over to 11 March: http://kokeshikan.exblog.jp

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