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I don't know how it happened but one day, I just became a collector first it started with Gaming memorabilia and then moved into Japanese Kokeshi and Mineral spheresI don't know how it happened but one day, I just became a collector first it started with Gaming memorabilia and then moved into Japanese Kokeshi and Mineral spheres. There are many other things but right now I'm still in denial. I really enjoy the vintage and hand made items that tell a story. (Read more)


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Kokeshi Collection - Dollsin Dolls
Tsuchiyu Kokeshi - Dollsin Dolls
Zenji Sato & His Little Feet - Dollsin Dolls
Simply beautiful Stripes - Kokeshi - Dollsin Dolls
Masakido, Shokido Kokeshi - Dollsin Dolls
Kokeshi by Miyajima Muhitsu - Dollsin Dolls
Some of my Favorite Kokeshi by Hashime & Akinori Takahashi - Dollsin Dolls
Some of my Favorite Nanbu Kokeshi by Kakuhei Sasaki - Dollsin Dolls
Hidehiro Sato - Hijiori Kokeshi - Asianin Asian
Toshio Obata -Tsuchiyu Kokeshi - Asianin Asian


  1. Hi racer4four, all we could come up with was "Masayuki" for the signature. Its always challenging trying to figure out hand signed Kokeshi a little easier when they have their chop marks. -Soul
  2. Hi Jayborneo, congratulations on your find. It is a, lovely modern Kokeshi style lamp. About age, it could be anytime after 1921 when all exports from Japan were required to be stamped "Made in Japan"...
  3. racer4four I just posted several pics to a facebook page where there's several Kokeshi Fan members in hopes of finding out who this artist is. I think it is by Yashima Suihou, I have one by this artis...
  4. racer that's a no no, since the wood is porous it may change her appearance, also oil is not usually used on Kokeshi, those that are shiny looking have a type of candle wax that is specifically used o...
  5. Thank you for posting, what a beauty, great find. The signature looks a lot like Katase Kaihei (1922-2015) who won a prime ministers award for his Kokeshi Design. I'm not 100% convinced that this is K...
  6. Beautiful Sean, I really like the bluish teal (?) one has a nice earthy look to it.
  7. racer4four that's awesome can't wait to see it when you post. I have to take a few more pics just got a really nice, tall creative one, with beautiful cranes drawn on the body... still haven't figured...
  8. racer4four, I have one too many according to my family though (chuckles), thank you all for the love everyone :)
  9. Thank you racer4four :) Thanks to Vetraio, aghollect and toolate2 for the love.
  10. Hi AmberRose I recently discovered that The one with the bow tie is by Ryoichi (listed in the book Wooden Treasures of Japan). Totally different artist from Aoki Ryoko. Wanted to update -Soul
  11. Just ordered the book looking forward to receiving it.
  12. Really nice piece, I like the eye trickery, with the pattern and bold colors, it's almost as if it were alive, and spinning. -Soul
  13. Thank you all for the love. Racer4four, I keep telling myself I have enough and as much as I try to avoid getting more there's always one more that catches my attention. They're so unique and when I f...
  14. Bushbaby I love this one, I spent a little time trying to figure out what type of Kokeshi this one is, as it reminds me of Zao in just the way the neckline is painted and the nice hints of blue. Then ...
  15. Correct, Hatsumi is Mitsuo's father.
  16. Bushbaby, Mitsuo Matsuda was born in 1928 and his master Kiji-shi was Hatsumi Matsuda.
  17. The signature is a bit blurry but it looks like it could be a match to Haruo Sanpei. If it is him he was born in 1929 and his master was Iwamoto Yoshizo he was located in Fukushima and may have create...
  18. Bushbaby you are on track in that it is a Yajiro Kokeshi, I was not really able to see the signature as it is too blurry to compare to any of the ones I have. It does look like a "Niiyama" family Koke...
  19. All I was able to find from internet searches was that he was from Yamagata Prefecture, and was producing Kokeshi in the 1960s and was still producing in 2008 -Soul
  20. This Kokeshi is by Maruyama Hougetsu -Soul
  21. The red one, is themed with a "Noh-Mask". The female Noh Masks are referred to as Onna-men Mask, and the one on this Kokeshi is one of the more popular ones called "Ko-omote" (little girl or young gir...
  22. bushbaby, this looks very similar to one of my Kokeshi which was identified for me to be by Nakayama, I don't know anything about the artist at this time.
  23. My apologies for the delayed response, they were unable to tell me who's signature this was. If I ever get some information on the maker I'll be sure to share here and post it. -Soul
  24. Beautiful find!
  25. Cute and Unique, great idea!
  26. Hi Sean, thanks! I really like this Kokeshi it is only about 3.5 inches tall. Thanks for the love CindB and Aghcollect.
  27. Hi Bushbaby, I can see why you would think these cute little ones are by Sanpei there is a set very similar to these made by him. However, as you noted the signature is not a match to Sanpei. I aske...
  28. Hi bushbaby I have this same set, also a second duo with orange strips. The ones I have are actually signed, they often are not signed. However I have not been able to identify the signature. I sent i...
  29. Hi shareurpassion, yes I did thank you for sharing it. I love to see these little guys come to life it never ceases to amaze me. Sean ty also! Have a great weekend.
  30. Love your collection some of the fans appear to be fashioned after popular Ukiyo-e Artisan pieces. Thank you for sharing. -Soul
  31. bushbaby I have a few of his Kokeshi (I favor them too) and had them for quite a while before finally having a friend decipher the signature for me. Another friend found the Artist in a Tsugaru Kokesh...
  32. Bushbaby, this appears to be Sugawara Kunimi signature -Soul
  33. Hi Bushbaby, this kokeshi is by Yasushi Hachinotarou (Hanchinotarou) he is listed as a Tsugaru Kokeshi artisan however this is not the typical Tsugaru Kokeshi design. His Kokeshi are quite rare to fin...
  34. Hi Bushbaby I believe this Kokeshi to be by Kiyohara Takao a transitional traditional/creative Kokeshi maker.
  35. Hi bushbaby this Kokeshi is by Masakido (Shokido) the green ink is part of his signature style as is the facial designs which are very identifiable to his technique. The mum spread on the head with th...
  36. Your welcome mssue, thanks Jewels have a great weekend ;}
  37. Sorry forgot to tell you the circles on top of the dolls head is called Janome and it is a traditional design, it means "Snake Eye".
  38. Hi these are indeed Kokeshi dolls. They are the traditional form, from left to right, (1) Tsugaru Kokeshi by Kojima Toshiyuki he was born in 1949 and apprenticed under the Zenji Sato (2) Naruko Kokes...
  39. Thank you Jewels, I see you have started a collection too, there much fun. I'm sure you will enjoy them.
  40. Thanks for the love austrohungaro and Peasejean55 :}
  41. Thank you toolate2 for the love, glad you enjoyed viewing them.
  42. These are beautiful and look like high quality Hina Dolls. There's a website called L'Asie Exotique owned by Tim Mertel that has a lot of information on Hina Dolls, and also contact information for Me...
  43. Nice start to your collection Jewels!
  44. Sean, she is really lovely. Thought you might like to know her title is Taisyun which means waiting for spring, although unsigned, she is made by Genji Yamada.-Soul
  45. Thank you Rose, Geo, Vet, Racer, Moon, Ag and Jewels for all the love.
  46. There is so much to love here... just taking a breath ... beautiful thank you for sharing.
  47. How very cool, thanks for sharing.
  48. Someone really loved gnomes, neat bunch.
  49. Beautiful display and great looking Kokeshi.
  50. No problem! Hope you have a great weekend :}
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