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Toyota Fork Craft Museum
The guide of 2018 Exhibition
We open the exhibition for understanding of aesthetic value of handwork and folk craft.
We will sincerely wait for coming to the museum.

Special Exhibition 
Kokeshi Doll Treasures

Dates Dec 22,2018 (Sat) to May 12,2019 (Sun)
Venue Mingeikan No. 2
Time 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays (except Dec 24, Jan 14, Feb 11, Apr 29, May 6) and the New Year holidays (Dec 28 to Jan 4)
Admission Free
Simultaneous exhibits Museums in 47 prefectures
Dates: Jan 5 (Sat) to May 12 (Sun)
Venue: Mingeikan No. 1
Admission: Free
Description Kokeshi dolls are one of the signature folk toys of Japan. Opinions are divided as to their origin, but the first Kokeshi dolls are thought to have been crafted around 1800, during the late Edo period. Kokeshi dolls sold at hot spring health resorts in the Tohoku region gradually went from being considered children’s toys to being treasured as decorative pieces. They experienced a resurgence in popularity during the 1960s and 70s, and are now enjoying a third wave of popularity among a new generation of kokeshi doll fans. Young women in particular are traveling around to different production regions and collecting them as a way to enhance and beautify their lives.
There are currently eleven traditional kokeshi doll styles being crafted across the six prefectures that make up the Tohoku region, each passed down from parent to child or disciple to form an unbroken artistic lineage. The pedigree that each type of doll carries by virtue of its recorded history of creators make kokeshi unique among Japanese folk toys.
This exhibit features some five hundred kokeshi dolls categorized by style. Most of the pieces were accumulated by Japanese folk toy collectors during the late 1960s and early 1970s and later gifted to the folk museum. We hope you find joy in the unbroken traditions, unique artisan styles, and adorable expressiveness of these delightful treasures.

Related events

Gallery talk (curator’s guide to the exhibit)

Dates Feb 17 (Sun) From 14:00 ※About 40 minutes.
Venue Mingeikan No. 2
Admission Free
Number of participants Open to the first 20 participants (advance reservations required)

Kokeshi women’s group

Dates Mar 2 (Sat) 14:00 to 15:30
Venue Mingeikan No. 3
Admission Free
What to bring Your favorite kokeshi dolls or photos of them
Number of participants Open to the first 20 participants (advance reservations required). Anyone who loves kokeshi dolls is welcome to attend!
Activities Sharing favorite dolls, exchanging stories and information on kokeshi-hunting trips, kokeshi artisans, and more

Kokeshi painting workshop (while supplies last)

Dates Jan 11,2019 (Fri) to Mar 31,2019 (Sun) 10:00 to 15:00
Venue Mingeikan No. 3
Number of participants Open to the first 80 participants
Seven options available,
including kokeshi charms (3cm) 350 + yen
and pen holders (10cm) 1,600 yen

Kokeshi market (open during the exhibit)

Venue Mingeikan No. 2
Sponsored Tsugaru Kokeshi Museum

Traveling kokeshi

Why not bring your kokeshi dolls along
when you come visit the exhibit?
Take some cute photos at the museum
and post them on social media!

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