Collection: Dolls & Toys

Kokeshi dolls, the iconic Japanese wooden figurines known for their simple cylindrical shapes and minimalistic features, have a history rooted in the Tohoku region of Japan during the early Edo period (17th century). Originally handcrafted as children's toys by rural artisans, Kokeshi dolls evolved over time, each region developing its unique style characterized by particular shapes, colors, and patterns. After World War II, they gained popularity as souvenirs and artistic expressions. These charming dolls are appreciated for their symbolic significance, often given as gifts representing affection and well-wishing, and in 2010, they received UNESCO recognition as a traditional Japanese craft, preserving their cultural and artistic legacy.