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Beautiful Kokeshi Dolls: A Uniquely Japanese Folk Art

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Nakanosawa Dolls

Nakanosawa dolls are very distinctive dolls due to their atypical Japanese eyes surrounded by large, pink rims. This doll was made in tribute to a street entertainer who walked on his hands with a pillow between his knees and had make up similar to the faces of these dolls. After his death, people wanted a doll in his memory, so this doll was “born”.

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Nakanosawa Dolls
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Photo of Nakanosawa-style kokeshi dolls from the collection of Itske and Anthony Stern. This photo was presented during a public program, Kokeshi: Not Just a Toy!, at the Japanese American ... More »


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