Saturday, August 8, 2015

Pocket Kokeshi Park Event in Tsugaru 津軽こけし館のポケこけしイベント

For kokeshi enthusiasts in Japan, and especially those already in Tohoku, you may want to make a trip to the Tsugaru Kokeshi Kan 津軽こけし館 in Kuroishi City 黒石市 in Aomori Prefecture from now through August 23rd for the 5th annual Pocket Kokeshi Park ポケットこけしパーク event. I know we would try to go if we were still in Japan. Here's the poster.
It's hard to read on the bottom of the poster, but those are the names of participating craftsmen from all the traditional kokeshi families. Based on a quick calculation there are about 130 makers sending their kokeshis for display and sale, so this is a really significant event. What makes Pocket Kokeshi Park unique is that every kokeshi has to be 12 centimeters or less, so it's perfect for collectors who prefer the small to tiny kokeshis that are quite popular right now.
If you would like to see some photos of the kokeshis and what's going on at the Tsuguru Kokeshi Kan check out the blog here. Japanese only, but you'll get the idea even if you don't read Japanese.

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