We are continuing our vacation in the eastern US, and as I was looking through my mother's kokeshi collection I was delighted to find today's example -- a beautiful Togatta kokeshi 遠刈田系 by Mr. Sato Yasuhiro 佐藤康広さん of Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture 宮城県. Mr. Sato is a fairly young craftsman who only finished his apprenticeship a few years ago under his father, master craftsman Mr. Sato Masahiro 佐藤正廣さん. We visited the Sato's workshop during a big kokeshi adventure to northeastern Japan back in April 2012, so we know exactly where these kokeshis are made -- here's a link to the entry about our trip to see the Satos.
A view from the top down reveals an intricate series of brush strokes typical of Togatta kokeshis.
Finally, this photo shows Yasuhiro's signature on the bottom. As mentioned in the previous blog Sato is a really common family name among kokeshi craftsmen, so it may be the case that it's pointless to write Sato on the bottom. Also, I'm pretty impressed with the price since 1,200 yen seems like a real bargain for such a beautiful little piece of hand-crafted art.
Oh, and I might as well direct whoever reads this blog entry to the Sato's web site (click here -- Japanese only) for more information plus a map to their workshop west of downtown Sendai.