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Vintage Naruko kokeshi doll, by Kichiya NARA (1939-1971), Naruko style | こけし古物 奈良吉弥(鳴子系)

Vintage Naruko kokeshi doll, by Kichiya NARA (1939-1971), Naruko style | こけし古物 奈良吉弥(鳴子系)

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This is a vintage Naruko style kokeshi doll, by Kichiya NARA (1939-1971) who was a Kijiyama and Naruko style kokeshi craftsman.

The gentle curved shaped body and groove on it give an elegant image to this kokeshi doll.


craftsman : Kichiya NARA 奈良吉弥

style : Naruko, Kijiyama 鳴子系、木地山系

He was born in Akita prefecture, which is in the northern part of the Tohoku region. He learned woodwork when he was high school student in his hometown.

Around 1954, he started making unpainted kokeshi bodies and selling kokeshi dolls at his shop. He met Shoji SUZUKI (1927-2015, a Sakunami style kokeshi craftsman) in his place. Shoji suggested to Kichiya that if he would like to make kokeshi dolls, he should learn traditional skills properly. After that, Kichiya became an apprentice of Shoji SUZUKI and his father Kiyoshi in Miyagi prefecture.

When he returned to Akita, he started making Kijiyama style kokeshi dolls, which is a traditional style in Akita. He became close to Gohei KOMATSU(1891-1972) who was a Naruko style kokeshi craftsman in Akita. Kichiya learned and inherited Gohei’s kokeshi style. Unfortunately, he was killed in a car accident when he was 32 years old, on the way to his house from Gohei’s place.

Approx. dimensions

  • height : 24cm / 9.44inch
  • diameter : head 7cm / 2.75inch, base 4.5cm / 1.77inch
  • weight :  311.0g

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 ]

We 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、木地山系 奈良吉弥工人のこけしです。角ばった印象的な顔つきと、ほんのりとした胴の曲線がかわいらしいこけしです。


  • 高さ : 約24cm
  • 直径 : 頭約 7cm、底約 4.5cm
  • 重さ :  311.0g

1939年 秋田県大湯に生まれる


秋田に帰郷後、木地山こけしを制作。その後小松五平(1891-1972 鳴子系)の型を引き継ぐ




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