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English citations of kokeshi

Noun: "a Japanese wooden doll…"[edit]

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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.
  • 1991 September 20, Sheng-Te Tsao, “synopsis to Karuma Mau”, in rec.arts.anime, Usenet[1]:
    As was done to Setsuko, the children pierces[sic] her flesh with myriad woodcutting tools used in the creation of kokeshis.
  • 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.
  • 2000 January 8, s_ymzk [username], “Re: kokeshi dolls”, in sci.lang.japan, Usenet[2]:
    As for the customariness of a kokeshi being placed with the ihai on the butudan, just because I personally have never seen a sight as such, I cannot either support or disagree with your assumption.
  • 2002 August 1, Jed Rothwell, “Re: If kokeshis could talk...”, in sci.lang.japan, Usenet[3]:
    What exactly are you trying to say? It is not clear to me what a ninja kokeshi would be . . . A kokeshi dressed as a ninja, I guess.
  • 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.
  • 2009To 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.