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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.|
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.
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.
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|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.