Kokeshi doll

The origins of the traditional Kokeshi date back 400 years ago in the North-east of Japan, precisely in a territory called Tohoku.

They were little dolls made of wood and sold as a souvenir, during the Winter,  to the tourists who visited the area.

The tourists took them home to their children because playing with kokeshi had positive influences, infact they were made to wish for a good harvest or to impress positively divinities.

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