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Vintage Dento kokeshi doll, by Bunikichi SATO(1922-2008), Hijiori style | こけし古物 佐藤文吉(肘折系)

Vintage Dento kokeshi doll, by Bunikichi SATO(1922-2008), Hijiori style | こけし古物 佐藤文吉(肘折系)

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This vintage Hijiori style kokeshi doll was made by Bunikichi SATO(1922-2008) who was a Hijiori style kokeshi craftsman in Tohoku, Japan.

According to the note on the bottom, this kokeshi was made around 1972, which is the 47th year of the Showa era in Japan. 

The flower pattern on the body is chrysanthemum.

Due to age, this koksehi has fading and dents.

Hijiori style kokeshi dolls are crafted in Yamagata prefecture. It has been said that it was started by Denzo KAKIZAKI (Torizo KAKIZAKI 1825-1894) who learned woodwork in Naruko, Miyagi, which is a famous original kokeshi crafting area, and the neighboring prefecture of Yamagata.

After Denzo, his apprentice Togoro INOUE (Togoro KAKIZAKI 1864-1912) learned kokeshi works in Togatta, which is another kokeshi crafting area in Miyagi prefecture.

Hijiori style is a fusion of Naruko and Togatta style kokeshi dolls.



craftsman : Bunikichi SATO 佐藤文吉

style : Hijiori 肘折系

He was born as the first son of Jinkichi SATO (1901-1978) who was a Hjiori style kokeshi craftsman.

He started learning woodwork under the guidance of Ushizo SATO (1889-1986) from 1937. He worked elsewhere and joined the army until 1946. In 1950, he decided to be a woodworker and resumed making kokeshi dolls.


Approx. dimensions

  • height : 19cm / 7.48inch
  • diameter : head 5cm / 1.96inch, base 3.6cm / 1.41inch
  • weight : 112.5g

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.)

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 [About shipment ]

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[ 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.


肘折系 佐藤文吉工人のこけしです。こけし底のメモより、1972年(昭和47年)以前に作られました。胴模様は菊です。



  • 高さ : 約21cm
  • 直径 : 頭約 5cm、底約 3.6cm
  • 重さ : 112.5g

1922年 佐藤甚吉(1901-1978 肘折系)の長男として生まれる



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