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Beautiful Kokeshi Dolls: A Uniquely Japanese Folk Art

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Naruko Dolls

Naruko kokeshi are distinguished by their sharp shoulders and a head that, when turned, makes a squeaking sound. This is the only doll that does so. Some of the newer ones have rounded shoulders like the one on the left of the screen.

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Naruko Dolls
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Photo of Naruko-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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