Sunday, November 24, 2013

New Tsugaru Kokeshi 新しい津軽系こけし

A friend of Naoko's recently sent her this beautiful little Owani-style 大鰐系 Tsugaru kokeshi by Mr. Hasegawa Masashi 長谷川 優志さん of Hirosaki City in Aomori Prefecture. The shape is quite interesting in that the head is very large in proportion to the body, which I find appealing. I'm a fan of the Owani kokeshi branch of the Tsugaru family, which are not easy to get a hold of, so it's very a welcome addition to our collection.
We met Mr. Hasegawa back in summer 2011 during our first big kokeshi adventure, but I don't recall seeing any like these at that time. According to Naoko, Mr. Hasegawa's kokeshis have become quite popular recently.

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