After visiting the National Kokeshi Museum (see previous blog) we returned to the main festival venue. By that time things had calmed down somewhat and I was able to take pictures of everything.
|There were a couple of these kokeshis wandering around the venue floor. We'll see more of them in an upcoming blog entry.|
|A view of the venue floor.|
|Darumas and tops for sale.|
|These tenugui 手ぬぐい had the design of each Naruko kokeshi craftsmen currently making kokeshis. One fellow enthusiast purchased every one -- there were about 20 different kinds.|
|Some mini kokeshis by Mr. Mito for sale.|
|Various Yajiro kokeshis 弥次郎系こけし for sale.|
|Takobozu kokeshis たこ坊主こけし.|
Another part of the festival is getting to see the award-winning kokeshis for the year, and all of them were beautiful. They were displayed on the stage, so here's a sample of what we got to see. Sorry for not transliterating the names and awards, but actually the kokeshis speak for themselves!