Kokeshi Dolls

Kokeshi Dolls

Have any of you got a glimpse of colorful wooden dolls being sold outside an Onsen/Hot-spring. If it is still not visible in your mind's eye this video will surely bring back some memories.

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The Kokeshi Doll is an artists delight having been handcrafted over a running spindle by artisans skilled in woodwork. The origin of these dolls dates back to 400 years in Japanese history in the 19th century. But till date no one knows why exactly they were sold as souvenirs outside Onsens/Hot-springs. There are many little anecdotes for their existence. While one anecdote relates that the dolls had a spiritual significance representing the wish for a healthy child; another suggests that the dolls were probably used as massage tools maybe because they had round heads and limbless bodies. The reasons may be many but the traditional 'Naruko' style Kokeshi dolls are a popular souvenir sold outside spas.

Prepare yourself for an enthralling experience!!

VIEW this piece of art being hand-crafted from scratch with a block of wood and minimal tools.