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English citations of kokeshi
Noun: "a Japanese wooden doll…"
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- 1973 — Manju Deb, "Dolls Through Rotary", The Rotarian, May 1973:
- I have a hurried look round my shelves: the Hawaiian belle of the dusky skin, the little Red Indian dolls from Lake Placid, the rows of kokeshis from Japan, which all bring back memories of wonderful Rotary friends, all over the world.
- 1988 — Alan Booth, Collins Illustrated Guide to Japan, Collins (1988), ISBN 9780002179515, page 120:
- The popularity of kokeshi among Japanese tourists today is thus an eloquent testimony to the survival of a folk tradition as well as to the modern generation's ignorance of its implications.
- 1989 — Amaury Saint-Gilles, Mingei: Japan's Enduring Folk Arts, Charles E. Tuttle Company (1989), ISBN 9780804816069, page 21:
- The addition of decorative clothing a la simple rings of color and the expressive, even suggestive, faces that so many kokeshi wear, turned them from simple children's toys into works of collectible folk art.
- 1999 — Helen Hardacre, Marketing the Menacing Fetus in Japan, University of California Press (1999), ISBN 9780520216549, page 239:
- At the Kibitsu Shrine, the client receives a kokeshi with no markings of any kind. The client is supposed to draw on a face and clothing in the style desired.
- 2008 — Alan Scott Pate, Japanese Dolls: The Fascinating World of Ningyo, Tuttle Publishing (2008), ISBN 9784805309223, page 169:
- While she was still a young girl in an economically blighted mining town, Oshin receives a kokeshi as a present from her mother who must leave home to work as a geisha in another area.
- 2009 — To Japan With Love: A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur (ed. Celeste Heiter), ThingsAsian Press (2009), ISBN 9781934159057, page 161:
- A kokeshi, she told me, is sold mainly as a souvenir to commemorate a visit to a tourist attraction.