Saturday, May 24, 2014

Kokeshi Jidai 10 こけし時代 10

The newest Kokeshi Jidai こけし時代 magazine came out a couple weeks ago in Japan, and Naoko ordered a copy from the Tsugaru Kokeshi Kan 津軽こけし館. This is issue is over 200 pages and is quite spectacular, covering Zao-Takayu style 蔵王高湯系こけし and Yamagata style 山形系こけし kokeshi makers, as well as onsens in those areas. The issue has a hard cover and comes in a slipcase along with a tiny kokeshi by master kokeshi craftsman Mr. Mito Hiroshi 水戸寛さん of Tendo Onsen 天童温泉 whom we just happened to have visited back in April (more on that in an upcoming blog). For 2,000 yen it's a bargain, so hopefully all overseas kokeshi enthusiasts will be able to get a copy.
The front of the slipcase.
A close up of the slipcase showing a handful of Mr. Mito's wonderful tiny kokeshis. The magazine with a free tiny Mito kokeshi in the hole in the middle.
The back of the slipcase shows some normal-sized Mito kokeshis.
Here's the slipcase and the front cover of the actual magazine. 

Kokeshi Jidai managed to get the rights to run a 1970 manga called "Yamadera Grafitti" about a kokeshi. The artist is Fujio Fukio, the same person who created Doraemon.  
The end of the magazine had a few pages of cool kokeshi wrapping paper.


  1. Hi John,

    I live in Hawaii and would like to buy an issue of the latest Kokeshi Jidai. Do you know what the easiest way to do that would be ? Thanks ! Deborah

    1. Deborah. Thank you for your message. Since you're in Hawaii I think it would be relatively easy to get ahold of Kokeshi Jidai, perhaps ordering it through a Japanese book store either on the Big Island or Oahu? Meanwhile, you might want to contact Kokeshi Jidai directly at the web site:
      I noticed that's is also available through Amazon Japan, so I think you can order from there too:こけし時代&tag=googhydr-22&index=stripbooks&jp-ad-ap=0&hvadid=19969957127&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1797754017414882743&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_4mkjlpv0do_e
      Of course if you have a friend going to Japan you might request that they pick up a copy for you while visiting -- that would probably be the easiest!

    2. Thanks, John,
      I did manage to obtain a copy from Amazon Japan. Thanks for the suggestion and for sharing your adventures with us. Deborah