Hot spring Kokeshi - Togatta system

650 kr

Hot spring Kokeshi in Entsuko (baby basket) by Yoshio Ogasawara - Togatta system

The hot spring mark, which is familiar to Japanese people,
The red carved line is made using ビリカンナ (Birikanna) technology,
The Birikanna pattern created by a unique technique that uses the force of a special blade to be applied to the body that is rotated by a potter's wheel and creates a delicate wave pattern on the surface.
It looks great as a beautiful accent.

It is a bathing kokeshi doll for a mother and a child.
Made by Yoshio Ogasawara, 85-year-old kokeshi craftsman this year as a Kokeshi doll craftsman of the Tokarita family.

It looks like the tool to keep babies from going out in ancient time. In real life, it is made of rice straw. It is generally used at home and in fields when farmers are busy farming, the basket puts near rice fields. It was called "Entsuko". Mr. Yoshio Ogasawara transformed it into a hotspring barrel.

size | Ø6.5 x H7cm
material | Wood

Made in Japan


Kokeshi craftsmen were originally making living by producing wood miscellaneous goods such as bowls and trays at the beginning. It started at Togatta area in the current Miyagi Pref. where the making of Kokeshi began in the early 1800s. It was also the time in the Edo period when the Onsen (Japanese hot spring) culture getting popular.
Local Japanese tourist are coming for Onsen, and the Kokeshi was sold as a souvenir for the hot spring visitors. Kokeshi started as a souvenir wooden dolls for children in those days.
From Meiji to Taisho era, Kokeshi became out of fashion and replaced by the plastic dolls that came over from overseas . In Showa period, Kokeshi's beauty has been rediscovered and the first Kokeshi boom came around 1935. The second Kokeshi-boom came after the Discover-Japan-boom in the 1970' , now we are in the 3rd Kokeshi-boom. Recently, Kokeshi is in a trend as a Japan traditional art and is popular especially among young ladies.

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