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Vintage Dento kokeshi, by Youichi ARAKAWA(1938-), Tsuchiyu style | 伝統こけし 荒川洋一(土湯系)

Vintage Dento kokeshi, by Youichi ARAKAWA(1938-), Tsuchiyu style | 伝統こけし 荒川洋一(土湯系)

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This is a vintage Dento kokeshi doll, by Youichi ARAKAWA(1938-) who is a Tsuchiyu style kokeshi craftsman in Tohoku, Japan.

This unique expression with big eyes is lovingly nicknamed ‘Tako bouzu たこ坊主’.

Due to age, this kokeshi has discolouration.


craftsman : Youichi ARAKAWA 荒川洋一

style : Tsuchiyu 土湯系

He was born in a farming family. He started learning woodwork from 1960. He became an apprentice of Yoshizo IWAMOTO(1912-1973) who was a Tsuchiyu style kokeshi craftsman. Youichi started making kokeshi from 1971.

Approx. dimensions

  • height : 16cm / 6.29inch
  • diameter : head 3.9cm / 1.53inch, base 3cm / 1.18inch
  • weight : 83.5g

Please consider the following :
- Our Kokeshis are painted with water colors, so they can be easily damaged by water. Please use a dry cloth to clean it.
- Our kokeshi are made of wood, so please avoid exposure to direct sunlight or heat. Humidity may damage the kokeshi. Please avoid excess moisture. (especially direct air from the air conditioner damages to the kokeshi dolls.)

We strive to take photographs that are as accurate as possible to the actual product. However, please note that the color of the product photos may differ from the actual color depending on the environment in which you view them, such as on a computer or smartphone. Thank you for your understanding.

 [About shipment ]

I send your parcel by DHL to the world. The estimated time will be 5-10 days. The shipment fee will be calculated by the number of products you buy. Please double check your registered sending address on Shopify before completing your order. Every shipment has the tracking number. We will send you the number after shipping your parcel.

[ Custom Tariff ]

Every customer is responsible for any customs and taxes when you import items from Japan. Especially, the customers from EU, UK and some other countries, sorry this shop doesn’t accept IOSS in those countries. The delivery staff will ask you to pay the tax when they deliver.

We are not responsible for delays due to customs.


土湯系 荒川洋一工人の古物こけしです。目の周りが赤く描かれた、たこ坊主こけしです。



  • 高さ : 約16cm
  • 直径 : 頭約 3.9cm、底約 3cm
  • 重さ : 83.5g






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