Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi

Monk & Nuns | Trappist Monastery & Convent Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan

Unknown Artist

Descriptive qualities:

These beautifully lathe-turned figures are hand-painted, shown fully dressed in the religious habit consisting of a tunic covered by a scapular and cowl, with a hood for monks or friars and a veil for nuns.


With the assistance of the French abbey of Bricquebec in Normandy, a convent was founded in Kamiiso, near Hakodate, Hokkaido. A monastery followed soon after, and today, the Cistercian order has a Trappist monastery and five Trappistine convents, spreading from Hokkaido south to Okinawa. Each figure depict Trappist monks and nuns of the Cistercian Order, of the Roman Catholic Church. The Order itself dates back several hundred years, originating in Citeaux, the Burgundy region of France at the end of the 11th century, (1098).