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About kokeshi dolls in Gumma


Today, Japanese kokeshi dolls are categorized in two major groups:traditional ones and creative ones. The former are produced in a traditional way mainly in Tohoku area,or Northern part of Japan mainland, and the latter are made in modern styles by many craftpersons and have full of originality and variety. In Gumma prefecture, we make a lot of creative kokeshi dolls rather than traditional ones. In fact, 70% of the Japanese creative kokeshi dolls are made in Gumma prefecture.

One of the reason why making kokeshi dolls has been very popular is that there have been a lot of factories of wooden toys such as tops and cup-and-balls, and that the interest in skills of woodwork is the characteristics nature of this area.

All the kokeshi dolls in this website are great products.
They were made by craftpersons who live and act in Gunma prefecture with all their hearts . Please take a look at their gentle faces made of soft woods.
If you get interested in some of the dolls, you can order them online.


Spas and kokeshi dolls
Do you know that every spa in Japan has its own original design of kokeshi dolls? In old times, when we visited a spa, we used to get a kokeshi doll which was made there as a souvenir.
Nowadays, it seems that we will get things like plastic cellphone straps.

In Gunma prefecture, there are many excellent spas and making kokeshi dolls is very popular.
A lot of kokeshi craftpersons work in Higashi-Agatsuma town in Shibukawa city, which is close to some spas.


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