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Beautiful Kokeshi Dolls: A Uniquely Japanese Folk Art

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Oshin (Naruko) Dolls

Oshin dolls are designed after the Naruko doll with their distinctive shoulders. These pretty ladies were made after a very popular serialized telvision program featuring “Oshin,” a poor woman who overcomes hardships to make a better life. When the program was finished, its popularity among the Asian community created the demand for a doll to be made in the memory of Oshin.

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Oshin (Naruko) Dolls
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Photo of 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 National Museum ... More »


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