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Kokeshi doll is a forest

こけしは森_卯三郎こけし
こけしは技_卯三郎こけし

Kokeshi doll is a technique

Kokeshi doll is a wish

こけしは願い_卯三郎こけし
こけしはつながり_卯三郎こけし

Kokeshi doll is a connection

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USABURO KOKESHI Co., Ltd.

1591 Nagaoka, Shinto-mura,
Kitagunma-gun, Gunma Prefecture,
370-3501, JAPAN Map ↗︎
(+81) 279 - 54-6766
info@usaburo.com

Kokeshi doll sales / Factory tours / Painting experience / Export

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CRAFTSMAN

UsaburoOkamoto

Usaburo Okamoto, the first generation

Founder of Usaburo Kokeshi born in Shinto Village, Gunma Prefecture in 1918.
After the war, after manufacturing crafts using artificial stones and metals, he started manufacturing kokeshi in 1950.
In addition to the painting decoration with brushes, which was the mainstream at that time, he created a unique expression technique that gave a three-dimensional effect by engraving and baking.
After research on wood processing, he established a method to incorporate zelkova and chestnuts, which are fragile but have beautiful grain, into kokeshi dolls.
In 1979, a workshop that introduced machines such as the potter's wheel was set up in a mass production system that combined it with a new handmade process, and since then it has grown into a workshop that boasts the largest production of kokeshi dolls in Japan.
He died in July 2009 at the age of 91.

 ▷ Main design work「Cold camellia」