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Beautiful Kokeshi Dolls: A Uniquely Japanese Folk Art

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Tsugaru Dolls

These lovely dolls are distinguished by the Daruma pattern painted on them with stripes and camellias. I asked one of the dollmakers why the scary daruma was painted on it and he said it was to keep evil spirits away from children. These dolls also have a “bust” and waist. These dolls tend to be more expensive as they are not so common.

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Tsugaru Dolls
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Photo of Tsugaru-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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