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  • I purchased a vintage spinning top for a gift, and I absolutely love it! The ordering process was fast and easy, and the item was in the condition described on the website.


  • Good morning Robert.
    She arrived yesterday evening safe and sound. She is gorgeous! Her beauty is very subtle and she demands contemplation. I love her…
    It’s funny, when I first started out collecting Kokeshi I assume I started out like many others, eBay and Amazon (horrors!). I didn’t realize I was purchasing factory made dolls, but one day I was looking at all of them and realized they ALL looked the same. I did have a few books, one in Japanese, and the first edition of Kokeshi, From Tohoku with Love. Both books only dealt with Traditional Kokeshi. It wasn’t until I got your book that I realized what I had been missing these past years! It opened my eyes to the diversity and beauty of an amazing art form… Now I am totally addicted (and, trying to figure out what to do with the dolls that now have lost their appeal and are taking up valuable space!). Anyway, I can’t thank you enough…


  • I want to thank Robert for making my first order with Mingei Arts so special. Your time and personal attention was gratefully appreciated. I could not be happier with my three new Kokeshi – I have them displayed where I pass by often so I can stop and look at them – they always bring a smile to my face! They make me HAPPY! I also love your book and eBook. Thank you so much!

    Barb Scelza

  • I have several items from Robert & Michael’s collection now and they all hold a special place in my home and warm my heart when I see them. Something about the art from Japan just makes me feel at peace and also comforted. Shopping through the items in this store is like treasure hunting, without the hunting.


  • Hi Robert,
    You sure did make my day!!! I received the book and have been immersed in it. Thank you again! When I got the book out of the envelope, I turned the book to the back side and opened it up and let it open to where ever it wanted, and it opened to my ALL TIME favorite artist, Sanpei Yamanaka. Talk about serendipity. I loved that you have several of his kokeshi in the book. I know this is weird, but since I was little, when I get a new book, I go to the back and open it to quickly look through it. But to have it open to Sanpei Yamanaka, … it was great. Thank you so much for such a generous thing you have done in creating the book, and I truly appreciate it.
    Mary Beth

    Mary Beth

  • Hey Robert.
    Got the vase over the weekend. Really beautiful. Somehow this medium really speaks to me, at least the objects where most everything is in different shades of brown. Very appealing. Yes, too bad I missed out on the ginger jars you had for sale. Ah well, it’s all OK in the universe. And what clever use of materials for safe packing!


  • Robert,
    Thank you for your attention and guidance to a new mingei collector. Both your publication and mingei are outstanding, your packing is perfect and shipping prompt.



  • Robert
    Oh my goodness! She has arrived and she is divine!
    She was beautifully packed and arrived safe and sound. She is so gorgeous and I thank you so much for all that you have done along the way. You provide such a professional yet also personable business and it was a delight dealing with you.
    Thank you for bringing such gorgeous items to our attention – these Kokeshis are ‘works of art’ and we are lucky to be able to purchase them and bring them into our lives and homes.
    I had to send you a photo of her with her new family and I have to say, as you predicted, she fits in beautifully.
    I shall keep an eye on your website for further ‘treasures’.
    The lucky owner of ‘Pigtails’ by Ishihara, Hideo


  • Hi Michael and Robert!

    I hope that you guys are well! big hug to you both.


    Martha Lynn

  • Your logo is AMAZING! It’s lyrical, charming and so very familiar! Even the wee sip of sake is peeking out! It’s simply the best!