鸣子娃娃的歷史可追溯至江戶時代 (西元1603-1868 ) 是日本東北地區歷代提供天皇御用器皿。
在日本的鳴子溫泉鄉成立了 ［日本小芥子木偶館］Nihon Kokeshikan
Kokeshi (こけし小芥子), to me is like a japanese version of Russian doll～ ♥
Kokeshi dolls originate from the Tohoku region of Northern Japan,
These handmade wooden dolls are thought to date back to the early 19th century when
kijiya (woodworkers), accustomed to making bowls and trays, began using their woodworking skills
and lathes to make simple dolls to sell as toys and souvenirs to the onsen visitors.
The dolls may originally had a spiritual significance with the Kokeshi representing a wish for a healthy child.
It has also been suggested that Kokeshi, with their round heads & limbless bodies probably
made in an unpainted form originally, were used as massage tools by spa bathers.
Kokeshi are generally bought by Japanese as mementos.
In addition to being ornamental, they are also seen as lucky charm &
is often bought in the belief that she will protect a home against fire even ward off evil.
Mizuki, the wood commonly used for making the kokeshi face,
literally translates as ‘water tree’ and is thought to have fire-resistant properties.
Kokeshi, celebrated today as one of Japan’s folk arts, are of two types, traditional and creative.
Creative Kokeshi dolls these days are “modernized” they are modelled,
designed, and manufactured differently from the authentic and traditional Kokeshi dolls.
Cute & lovely creative Kokeshi dolls now becomes wonderful unique gifts and collector pieces.
Located in the Naruko Hot Spring area, Nihon Kokeshikan (Japanese Kokeshi Museum)
is an exhibition center of Kokeshi. This museum are approximately 4,000 traditional Kokeshi
from various parts of the Tohoku region on display. There is a workshop to experience painting the dolls,
watch craftsmen at work from up close at the demonstration corner & such dolls are sold on the spot.
Indeed, this museum offers you many ways to deepen your knowledge of Kokeshi.