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Kokeshi dolls, the highly stylised Japanese wooden figure that has become one of the most collectible toys in Japan, dating back to their original conception in the early 19th century. Originally sold as souvenirs to the visitors of hot springs, or onsen as they're known in Japan, around the Tohoku region in Northern Japan, the Kokeshi doll has developed into a greatly admired art form, adopted by skilled craftsmen in the Tohuku region, as well as more recently in the Gunma prefecture.

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Kokeshi Dolls were first produced by Kiji-shi (wood artisans) in Shinchi, in Togatta/Miyagi Prefecture from where Kokeshi making techniques spread to other spa areas in the Tōhoku Region. It is said that these dolls were originally made from the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) to be sold to people who were visiting the hot springs in the north-east of the country.

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Kokeshi dolls are simple stylized dolls that are made for tourists on vacation in Japan. In Japan, these hand-painted, lathe-turned wooden dolls often had a cylindrical base (the body) and a round head. Many people collect these small dolls. In this children's craft, the base (body) is a small, plastic bottle and the head is a ping-pong ball. text comes here

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