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Kokeshi inspired by Nijushi no Hitomi (24 Eyes)  24 Eyes Kokeshi  24EyesKokeshi  Shodo Shima Island Monument depicting a teacher with her 12 students. 
"Nijushi no Hitomi" or "Twenty-Four Eyes" is a 1954 movie filmed on Shodoshima that follows the lives of a school teacher and her first class of students as they grow up on the island during the rise of Japanese nationalism in the leadup to WWII