Our musings

  • The Samurai さむらい

    Our Kokeshi series would not be complete without Samurai さむらい. Samurai warriors' origins can be traced to the native Emishi people in the Tohoku ...
  • Kokeshi Master: Hiroyuki Okamoto

    He is the third generation of Usaburo Kokeshi artisans, creating his own line of kokeshi - Kokechi. Along with his older brother, they are doing th...
  • Little Flower 花子

    The artist has captured Hanako’s elegance by carving and painting a simple almost fuschia coloured kimono on her. The simplicity of her kimono att...
  • Little Fujisan 富士山

    Little Fujisan 富士山 (Mount Fuji), our latest darling is hand carved and hand painted with well-loved elements of Japan. The artist begins his artwor...
  • Kokeshi Master - Yuuji Okamoto

    Yuuji Okamoto, President of Usaburo Kokeshi. Kokeshi #shokunin for 49 years. Eldest son of grand master Usaburo Okamoto. We had the opportunity to...
  • Haru no Iro 春の色 (Colours of Spring)

    Meet Haru no Iro 春の色!

  • Usaburo Kokeshi (Japanese wooden dolls)

    Usaburo Okamoto, the master creator who married modern style with traditional hand carving and brush painting to bring you Usaburo kokeshi. Usaburo...
  • Do you know what is a kokeshi こけし?

    Kokeshi dolls are traditional folk toys created to be guardians of children. They are handmade from “seasoned 水木 mizuki” cherry trees which are dri...