I love to collect Kokeshi dolls when I’m in Japan and I am always on the look out for another to add to my collection.

The dolls are originally from North Japan and are handmade by artisans in the Tohoku region. If you would like to know more about these I would recommend this book by Manami Okazaki .

Manami very kindly sent me some beautiful original dolls .

The middle one I picked up at the Yasukuni shrine flea market.

These are more dolls in my collection