Vintage Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Kitakae | North Wind” by Shouzan, Shido


Dimensions: 14-1/4”h; 8-3/4”h

Shown is one style of winter Kokeshi by Shouzan, Shido (1932-1995) that has been extremely popular, mainly because it has contemporary overtones, with simple mufflers on their heads in black, green, and red. All elements of the dolls are represented by simple lathe-turning of the Kimono, with the undergarment shown with vertical stripes in the color of the muffler. The faces show bangs, slashed eyes, and open mouths as if singing the song identified with these pieces (see below). Shouzan published a book entitled: Kizin Kasho, citing examples of his award-winning Kokeshi for which these three were cited. The set was also published and detailed in Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement. The pieces were purchased in 1979 at a Yonezawa City collective and were sold as a set for they represent the three muffler color versions and the different bang treatment of each face. The two larger dolls have a Shouzan red impressed stamp on the bottom. We have seen only a few of these versions of Kokeshi being advertised for the past 15 years.

Our research about this doll said that Shouzan-san was inspired by a popular children’s song entitled: Yuki 

“Snow is falling, kon kon
Hail is falling, kon kon
Falling, falling
Flies up high with hail and snow. Snow white cotton caps 

All the hills and fields are wearing, On the bare old trees the little Snow flowers are in bloom”. 

See additional writings on our website related to this subject: Under our Browse and Learn section, please refer to for full details on the history and development of his work.

Condition: Excellent and beautiful condition affording each doll age-old elegance. Retains the original craft/workmanship showing a wonderfully-developed, untouched patina commensurate with age. The doll with the green muffler is the only piece that shows more wear on the head. The piece meets all the standards of Sosaku Kokeshi collectibles and is a wonderful set to round out a collection of Shido Shouzan.