Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall through Winter Kokeshi Festivals 秋から冬へのこけし祭

A reader wrote asking about this year's Michinoku Kokeshi Festival みちのくこけしまつり in Yamagata City, and there are probably many people interested to know when and where it's occurring. This festival is considered to be one of the big three annual kokeshi festivals so it's well worth attending. The only problem is that it is not really being advertised yet, and it took me a while to find a source that provides a date and location. According to the Japan Travel and Tourism Association web site (link is Japanese language) this year's festival is December 3rd and 4th at the Yamagata Big Wing 山形ビッグウイング convention center. When my family and I attended the festival it was in October at the Nana Beans Building, so this is a change. Sorry, no poster, at least not yet. When I find out more information I'll be sure to announce it in an upcoming blog.
Meanwhile, the Tokyo Kokeshi Tomo no Kai has announced a number of upcoming kokeshi events on its web site that I would recommend checking out (Japanese language only):
Here are some highlights.
14-15 October 2016: The 29th Annual National Traditional Kokeshi Craftsman Festival 第29回全国伝統こけし工人フェスティバル held at the Tsugaru Kokeshi Kan 津軽こけし館 in Kuroishi City, Aomori Prefecture. It's a free event, and there is a poster available below. Click here to go to the Tsugaru Kokeshi Kan web site which has more info on this and other upcoming events.

1 October through 27 November 2016: The Cute Kokeshi Exhibit KAWAIこけし展 at the Yokohama Doll Museum in Yokohama City. This looks fantastic, and for anyone living in the Kanto area this is a great opportunity. The cost is 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for kids. Please see the poster below and click here for further details (Japanese language).

For those who can attend the above events please enjoy them for those of us outside of Japan!

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