Artist with his kokeshi doll. Kokeshi are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. The bottom is marked with the signature of the artist
Kokeshi (em japonês 小芥子 ou こけし) são bonecas japonesas, originárias do norte do país. Uma marcante característica das Kokeshi é a ausência de braços e pernas. Simbolizam a alma das crianças, que as bonecas levem todo o mal que as crianças porventura possam sofrer em vida.