We're still vacationing on the American East Coast, giving me a chance to discuss another of my mother's kokeshis. Today's is a Yamagata kokeshi 山形系こけし from Tendo Onsen 天童温泉 that was created by Mr. Aida Eiji 会田栄治さん. I remember when we first went into his workshop a few years ago and he wasn't there, and then visited again in fall 2014 when Naoko got to talk with him at length -- click here to see the blog post about that visit. I don't recall when we got this kokeshi for my mother, but I knew it was an Aida piece immediately upon seeing it.
Looking down from the top we see the hair is tied by a red ribbon pattern; a very nice touch. The body, which is short relative to the head, has some stripes and two flowers. Overall a simple but effective design.