Monday, August 25, 2014

To Kamikita! 上北へ!

While up in Aomori we went to the little town of Kamikita, which I'm not sure is really even a town. Whatever its status it is the home of kokeshi craftsman Ms. Honma Naoko 本間直子さん who makes some of the cutest Tsugaru kokeshis 津軽系こけし you're going to see. We spent a couple hours with her enjoying a warm July day, and these photos show some of the pieces she had to show us.

After that we stopped by the Michi no Eki 道の駅 in Shichinohe City 七戸市, which is right next to the magnificent new Shinkansen (bullet train) station. We were very pleased to find that there was a section devoted to Ms. Honma's kokeshis!
A very nice, relaxing kokeshi-themed day up in northern Japan.

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