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Miyagi Dento Kokeshi

Miyagi Kokeshi Dolls

Dolls and Kokeshi

After the middle of Edo era, it is informed that we were born as hot spring souvenir of the Tohoku district.

It is said that these dolls were made to sell to people visiting the hot springs in the north east of the country from the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868). Five kinds of traditional dolls are produced in Miyagi Prefecture itself, namely naruko kokeshi, sakunami kokeshi, toogatta kokeshi, yajiro kokeshi, and hijiori kokeshi.

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Edo Kimekomi Ningyo

Edo Art Dolls

Dolls and Kokeshi

Shinto priesthood makes small doll of wooden sculpture with remnants of tree of willow which is materials of wicker box (yanagibako) to be in the middle of the Edo era, and to use for sacred rites in Kamigamo, Kyoto Shrine and touches groove, and maridato is said to be what we catch remaining cloth of clothes of Shinto priesthood there and help put on and touched at the beginning.

In the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868), a priest called Takahashi Tadashige is said to have been very proud of a small wooden doll that he had carved from scraps of willow which were left over from boxes used in a festival at Kamigamo shrine in Kyoto. Then using remnants of fabric from his priest's clothing, he dressed the doll by inserting the ends of the fabric into the wooden torso.


Iwatsuki Ningyo

Iwatsuki Ningyo

Dolls and Kokeshi

It is event that the Doll's Festival and the Boy's Festival when are in the latter half of the Edo era are important, and is lively, and it is doll that played a big role there.

These dolls played a large role in the important and lively events of the annual Girl's Day and Boy's Day celebrations in the late Edo period.


Edo Sekku Ningyo

Edo Sekku Ningyo

Dolls and Kokeshi

Doll production of Edo began under the influence of Kyoto early in the Edo era, but it is thought about with age of an emperor approximately 250 years ago Edo original style having been established. Hina doll and doll for the Boy's Festival were realistic, and, from this time, they became refined Edo-style figure. Doll culture of Edo met the golden age for the culture civil administration period that was in the latter half of the Edo era, and former decoration which we decorated outdoors early in the Edo era was decorated indoors, and Edo armor of precise decoration which made doll for the Boy's Festival and real armor model was made.

Edo doll production began in the early Edo period (1600s) due to influence from Kyoto, but the unique Edo style is said to have begun 250 years ago in the Horeki era.


Suruga Hinagu

Suruga Hina Doll Fittings

Dolls and Kokeshi

Suruga Hinagu has been already produced in the times when Imagawa was daimyo of Suruga of Totomikuni in the 16th century. We applied high technique introduced triggered by climate that was warm high humidity and building of Kuno mountain Toshogu and Asama Shinto shrine from the whole country, and the making of ingredients hina as field developed for one minute of the making of Laquer Ware which we settled in in the Edo era.

Paraphernalia for the Hina Matsuri or doll festival was already being produced in Suruga in the 16th century when Imagawa was feudal lord of this province that corresponds to present-day Shizuoka Prefecture. With the construction of Kunosan Toshogu shrine and the Asama Shrine, many advanced craft techniques were introduced from all over the country and the production of Hina paraphernalia developed as part of the lacquer ware industry which, benefiting from the warm humid climate of the area, became established during the Edo period (1600 -1868).


Suruga Hina Ningyo

Dolls and Kokeshi

*tenshin by "kiri*" (lie) can watch the opening when we follow the origin of Suruga Hina Ningyo. It is considered to be opening we call master of earthware together from Mino, and to have created clay idols.

The roots of Suruga Hina Ningyo can be traced back to simple clay dolls known as neri-tenjin. Tenjin is another name for Sugawara Michizane, a Heian period (794-1185) scholar, who was respected as a god of learning. But the craft itself started when a local man called Aono Kasaku gathered around him people skilled in making things in clay and began making dolls. Then tenjin, which were dressed, were made and examples dating back to 1853 still exist today.


Kyo Ningyo

Kyoto Art Dolls

Dolls and Kokeshi

Doll wishes for Amako (amagatsu), *ko (one comes) so that bad thing does not happen in the body of child, and it is said to be opening that bad thing was used as taker for child.

It is though that dolls were first made in the belief that any evil that might affect a child would instead afflict the doll. As time went by such dolls as amagatsu and houko evolved into what became the prototype of hina dolls with which children of imperial and noble families played during the Heian period (794-1185).


Hakata Ningyo

Hakata Art Dolls

Dolls and Kokeshi

The history of Hakata Ningyo is old and sails up at the beginning of the 17th century.

According to some people, the history of Hakata Ningyo dates back to the beginning of the 17th century. It seems that when Kuroda Nagamasa built Fukuoka castle, someone making ridge-end tiles for the castle developed his skills with forming and firing, and he gave one of the figures he made to the head of the clan.