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Vintage Dento kokeshi doll, by SAKURAI, Shoji (1927-2011), Naruko style | こけし古物 桜井昭二(鳴子系)

Vintage Dento kokeshi doll, by SAKURAI, Shoji (1927-2011), Naruko style | こけし古物 桜井昭二(鳴子系)

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This is a vintage kokeshi doll, by Shoji SAKURAI (1927-2011) who was a Naruko style kokeshi craftsman in Tohoku, Japan.

The flower on the body is chrysanthemum, which is a characteristic of Naruko style kokeshi doll.

Due to age, this kokeshi has a dent on the mouth.

The small items are not included in the product.


craftsman : Shoji SAKURAI 桜井昭二

style : Naruko 鳴子系

He was the first son of Mannojo(1891-1969) and Kou(1897-1978) who were kokeshi craftsmen in Naruko. The family of Shoji was a big kokeshi craftsmen line. That was continued from his great granduncle. Shoji was started learning woodwork in 1945 and started making kokeshi doll from 1947. He opened his own workshop ‘Sakurai kokeshi ten’ in 1950. (This family line is inherited to Shoji’s son Akihiro Sakurai.)

Approx. dimensions

  • height : 24.5cm / 9.64inch
  • diameter : head 6cm / 2.36inch, base 5cm / 1.96inch
  • weight : 243.0g

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.


鳴子系 桜井昭二工人の古物こけしです。豪華な菊模様が印象的なこけしです。



  • 高さ : 約24.5cm
  • 直径 : 頭約 6cm、底約 5cm
  • 重さ : 243g


1927年 鳴子のこけし工人万之丞(1891-1969)とコウ(1897-1978)の長男として生まれる。昭二の家系は、その曾祖父から続く大きなこけし工人の系統であった。



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