One of our favorite TV programs in Japan is called Sekai no hate made itte Q! 世界の果てまでイッテQ!, a zany show where actors go around the world doing interesting things. Recently a new person showed up as a temporary replacement on the show, and it turns out that she's such a big traditional kokeshi fan that she brings them with her on location. For instance, during a recent episode of Itte Q! in Thailand she brought a kokeshi along, and based on the screen capture it looks like a Yamagata style. As I've noted in a couple of other blog entries we are seeing more and more traditional kokeshis on TV, which is great!
|The lady holding the kokeshi is apparently not the kokeshi fan.|
Yes sir, kokeshis are definitely popular these days.