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Vintage Dento kokeshi doll, by Kuraji OKUYAMA (1934-2008), Hijiori style | こけし古物 奥山庫治(肘折系)

Vintage Dento kokeshi doll, by Kuraji OKUYAMA (1934-2008), Hijiori style | こけし古物 奥山庫治(肘折系)

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This is a vintage Hijiori style kokeshi doll, by Kuiraji OKUYAMA (1934-2008) in Tohoku, Japan.

According to the note on the bottom, this kokeshi was made around 1973, which is the 48th year of the Showa 昭和 era in Japan.

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.

The flower pattern on the body is safflower, which is the prefectural flower of Yamagata.



craftsman : Kuraji OKUYAMA 奥山庫治

style : Hijiori 肘折系

He was born as the first son of Kiyoshi OKUYAMA (1905-1972) who was a Hijiori style kokeshi craftsman.

He started learning woodwork around 1949. He started making kokeshi dolls around 1964 as his second job. From around 1970, he started making his dolls as his main job (main source of income).


Approx. dimensions

  • height : 19cm / 7.48inch
  • diameter : head 6cm / 2.36inch, base 3.5cm / 1.37inch
  • weight : 179.0g

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.)

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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 奥山庫治工人のこけしです。こけし底のメモより、1973年(昭和48年)以前に作られた古物こけしです。山形県花の紅花の胴模様がかわいらしいこけしです。


  • 高さ : 約19cm
  • 直径 : 頭約 6cm、底約 3.5cm
  • 重さ : 179.0g

1934年 山形県、奥山喜代治(1905-1972 肘折系)の長男として生まれる



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