Hijiori-Kei (Family) Hijiori-Kei (Family)

Hijiori-Kei (Family)

Prefecture: Yamagata


The Hijiori-style dolls originated in Yamagata prefecture, at Hijiori Onsen and at Sendai city and are the result of the merging of two Kokeshi-making families: Narugo and Tougatta.

Collector's note – characteristics / painting style:

The main characteristics of Hijiori dollsare a stable body, beveled shoulders and a squeeze-in type of head similar to Narugo dolls. The large heads are like the Tougatta, and the bodies are shaped more like the Narugo. The double eyelids, or eyes with the irises facing upwards are typical. Hijiori dolls are found in two styles: one with the body painted with chrysanthemums, (Kiku), and divided by a narrow obi, and one on which the body is decorated with a 'spray' formation of flowers. The colour yellow is frequently used to paint the ground of the body. In some instances, maple leaves will also be incorporated. The Hijiori doll is considered a popular model for Kokeshi books, and has very distinctive facial features and head decorations. Because fewer of these dolls are produced than the other styles, they are highly favoured among doll collectors.

Notable Artists:

Sato Junosuke, b. 1930
Sato Shouichi, b. 1935
Sato Toranosuke, Master
Sato Minosuke, Master
Sato Shousuke, Grand Master