Vintage Japanese Yajirou Wheeled Push Ring Toss Toy Train by Tsuta, Fumio

Sale price$125.00

Dimensions: 5-3/4”h x 3-1/4”w x 6-1/2”l

Lathe-turned wooden toys produced by the Tsuta family was inspired by Kokeshi craftsmen throughout Northern Japan. Toys are among the most oldest toys known to both entertain and educate children. Offered is an unusual, vintage Kijigangu by Tsuta, Fumio son of Tsuta, Mamoru of Tsuta Family of toy makers. Fumio apprenticed under his father and continues to produce toys with the same aesthetic today and inspired by older family members and rooted in nostalgia. 

This vintage Yajirou interactive toy train, referred to as a Kisha. It is intricately carved and assembled with all the necessary parts to identify it as a train, (boiler, smoke stack which in this case is the ring tower). The tower is painted in a veritable rainbow of colors, utilizing the Rokoru mono style of decoration using vertical stripes running around the body of the train in the usual colors of red and black to yellow, green, and purple. The piece is unsigned and was sold at the Onagawa Spa in Yamagata and sold as a souvenirs to Japanese families traveling and brought home to their children. NOTE: The pigments used in this doll's creation are not colorfast, so colors may fade if brought into contact with water. The entire figure should be handled carefully at all times as it has been by the previous owner who treasured the works of the Tsuta family.

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Condition: Excellent to Good meaning that the piece retains its original craft/workmanship and functions as intended, showing void of damage, cracks, breakage, or repairs with the exception that in spots the quality of painting varies but meets all the standards of the collectible Vintage Traditional Yajirou Kokeshi Toys.