Sosaku Kokeshi
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Sosaku Kokeshi

創作こけし

Last updated: December 21, 2020

A modern take on a classic Japanese wooden doll

Kokeshi dolls are pin-shaped, wooden toys with no arms or legs that have been made for more than 150 years. Sosaku kokeshi, meaning "original kokeshi" are a modern update on the traditional design, and Gunma is the leading producer of these dolls.

Usaburo Kokeshi is the best-known sosaku kokeshi producer. Its colorful dolls include Daruma, Miffy, and Disney characters. These innovative dolls are carved by master woodworkers who wheel, polish, paint, coat and assemble up to 15,000 kokeshi a month.


Basic Information

Address

1591 Nagaoka, Shinto, Kitagunma District (Map)

Access

About 10 minutes by taxi from Yagihara Station

Parking

Free, 100 cars

Hours

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed

Wednesdays, New Year's holidays

Tel

0279-54-6766

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