Kokeshi Birthplace

Tohoku and Gunma

Kokeshi are 'created' by artists and craftspeople, and have features and styles unique to their own particular artist, craftsperson, local culture and region. The majority of Traditional Kokeshi come from the Tohoku region, while Creative, (Sosaku), Kokeshi were, and are, primarily made in Gunma prefecture.

Mingei Arts' collection of Traditional and Creative Kokeshi were acquired beginning in 1998 after numerous visits to the wood carvers studios, associated retail shops, and onsens. As long time researchers and collectors of Japanese folk art we have found that Kokeshi and Kokeshi inspired toys continue to imbue a spiritual significance from their original beginnings.

Map of Gunma Prefecture Japan Kokeshi Birthplace