thanks for everything. planet is now closed permanently. only incense will continue to be sold online here. kind regards, ross
vintage kokeshi doll 13
vintage kokeshi doll 13

vintage kokeshi doll 13


approximate size: 53cm high

these wooden treasures first appeared in the mid edo period (1603-1867). while there remains some discussion regarding their origins, it is most commonly believed that they were originally crafted as toys by wood craftsman from northern japan who were unable to work for months at a time during heavy snow in the winter.

following the devastation of wwii, products made of plastic were too expensive and overseas trips were unattainable. japanese frequently made trips all over japan to hot springs where kokeshi, which were now sold as tourist souvenirs (rather than toys) flourished. it became a custom to buy a kokeshi or two as a momento of the trip.

our vintage kokeshi at planet are from the 1950s-1970s. unfortunately, they are rapidly disappearing in modern japan making them all the more precious.

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