Usaburo Kokeshi CO.,LTD.
(Maker, Wholesale, Sell direct)
1591, Nagaoka, Shinto-mura, Kitagumma-gun,
|Ms Laura Phelan Coordinator for International Relations International Affairs
| I absolutely adore Gumma kokeshi ! I love their dreamy expressions, and
kimonos painted with colorful images of the seasons, the elements, and
nature. Each kokeshi has a unique atmosphere and a personality of it's
own. The warmth and smoothness of the wood gives a pleasant, relaxing feeling.
Gumma kokeshi are special because down through the years their design has
developed with a freedom not seen in kokeshi from other prefectures.
Last year when my friend came to visit I took her to the Usaburo
Kokeshi factory in Nagaoka.@The drive there through the Gumma countryside
in May was wonderful. We spent a lovely afternoon wandering around the
factory. We were able to watch how the dolls are carved from wood on the
lade, and painted by hand. We were impressed by the skill of the craftspeople
and the long tradition of the craft. My friend immediately fell in love
with the beautiful wooden dolls, who she said looked as if they were standing
in a dream. She found it difficult to choose which one to buy and ended
up using her credit sard to buy as many Kokeshi as she could carry because
she couldn't bare to leave the one's she liked behind.
I recommend anyone interested in art and crafts to visit the UsaburoKokeshi factory. Gumma Kokeshi are a unique combination of nature, art and tradition.