These kokeshi are decorated with mainly hand-painted flower patterns including stylized chrysanthemums, plum and wood grain motifs.
A distinctive feature of these kokeshi is the red radial pattern on the forehead. The eyes are crescent-shaped and have a gentle expression.
Kokeshi are traditional folk toys that were first created in the early years of the 19th century in Tohoku, northern Japan during the late Edo Period.
This classic folk art evokes a sense of nostalgia and rural Japan.
Kokeshi are popular souvenirs for both Japanese and overseas visitors.
Altogether there are 11 distinct styles or kei of traditional Tohoku kokeshi.