Visiting the Birthplace of Naruko Kokeshi
Hot spring resort, with spinning lathes
narukoNaruko Hot Spring gushes out into the vast plain below Mt. Kurikoma. There are about 374 headsprings, each with different qualities and effects. The area has been alive with visitors looking for hot spring cures from ancient times. The central street of Naruko Hot Spring resort is called "Kokeshi Street". Along this narrow hot spring street, inns and souvenir shops stand in a row. In the stores, displayed in a crowded fashion are, of course, Kokeshi dolls. Some stores are operated directly by the wood artisans, and you can actually see them skillfully working.

A big producer of Kokeshi, having the highest number of wood artisans
Naruko Kokeshi"Naruko" Kokeshi are very popular and are made by many wood artisans. Naruko Kokeshi were developed in Naruko, one of the best hot spring resorts in the Tohoku region. At Naruko Hot Spring, plain woodwork, including lacquer ware, has a long history. Recently found ancient records indicate that "Koukeshi" existed in 1862, and it is thought that Kokeshi started to be produced in the late Edo period. Simple and tasteful in the Ko-Naruko (Ancient Naruko Kokeshi) Period (Meiji era - early Taisho era) and featuring yellow in the body in the Ki-Naruko (Yellow Naruko Kokeshi) Period (Middle Taisho era - prewar). Current Kokeshi have a gentle and fascinating expression.

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  • Naruko Kiji Gangu Manufacturer's Association
    Shitomae 74-2, Naruko-cho, Tamatsukuri-gun, Miyagi, Japan
    Tel: +81-229-83-3600

  • Japan Kokeshi Museum
    Shitomae 74-2, Naruko-cho, Tamatsukuri-gun, Miyagi, Japan
    Tel: +81-229-83-3600