Child Craft Kokeshi and Sayonara Doll Resources and References
These links go to websites that are both informative and useful in teaching about Kokeshi and Sayonara styles of dolls as well as additional types of Japanese dolls.
There seems to be some confusion or argument concerning the history of the origins of Kokeshi dolls and to the meanings attributed to the dolls. One theory suggests that Kokeshi dolls originated through spirituality or religion which held that wooden dolls contained the spiritual essence of ancestors and the dolls would bring good fortune or a good harvest to their owners.
The annual All Japan Kokeshi Competition is held May. Kokeshi dolls of all sorts and other wooden toys and woodturning projects are places on display for competition and sale.
Every year, on the first Saturday and Sunday of September, people gather in Naruko Onsen where craftsmen from across the nation gather to honor Kokeshi in a competition where the number one prize is an award from the Prime Minister
This web site is a good resource for finding out about annual, traditional Japanese Events.
Paper Child Craft Kokeshi and Sayonara Doll Reference and Resources
This PaperKokeshiDolls.com site provides only a brief overview about the dolls since the intent is primarily to provide color book images and crafts suitable to print and color and not to delve into controversy or provide an opinionated conclusion as to the how's and why's of Kokeshi dolls.
For more information about these beautiful and graceful dolls visit these sites:
More Free Kokeshi Doll Craft Patterns
- This video shows an artisian creating a Kokeshi doll out of a length of wood on a woodturner.
- Add Japanese symbols: tattoo site Japanese or Kanji symbols in image format.
- Yajiro Kokeshi Museum
- Tsuchiyu Kokeshi Museum
- Kokeshi wikipedia.org
- Free Cultural Theme Coloring Pages
- Japanese traditional dolls wikipedia.org
- Annual Kokeshi Competition
- Japanese American National Museum From Kokeshi Japanese Theme to Art Toy
- Japan Traditional Craft Center
- Collected Information About Kokeshi Dolls this is a very long and somewhat rambling document (about 230 pages) of collected information and images. Must register with scribd.com to print or download.
- Yuko Kawada - Kawadayuko's Kokeshi Collection
- Clickable map of the Tohoku region. Note: unless you read Japanese language you'll need to translate this page using the Google Translator function.
- Japanya: A little bit about the history of kokeshi dolls
Free Kokeshi Doll Craft Patterns
- Tutorial: How To Make Japanese Paper Dolls
- Tutorial: Japanese Paper Craft: Kokeshi Doll
- How to Make a Kokeshi Doll Ornament
- Make Toys from Recycled Items