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site thumb   Kokeshi Trends  Journal  published by and Kokeshi All Rights Reserved (C)  The Little Kokeshi Doll From Fukushima by Sunny Seki  Book is written in both Japanese and English. The story is centered around a little girl named Kana-chan who lives in Fukushima and works in a hot spring where she is known for her kindness to others, cleverness and bravery. One day her village is faced with a big challenge, and it is then that the birth of Kokeshi begins, all thanks to Kana-chan. You will have to buy this book to find out what that challenge is, I promise it is a beautiful, loving story that weaves the subjects of family, strength, persistence and most important of all, love. All the while treating your visual senses to masterfully illustrated scenes full of vividly colored characters depicting each part of the story. If you love stories, or if you have children that love stories this will certainly become a favorite. Visit  Sunny Seki's  site for more info.  An invitation to kokeshi dolls  Authors: Chizuko Takeuchi, Roberta Stephens Publisher: Tsugaru Shobo, 1982 Length: 86 pages Out of Print Great resource of information on Traditional Kokeshi written in English. It also list many of the artisans that were producing Kokeshi, at the time of printing. The Artisans DOBs and Masters are also referenced.  Bio Okazaki Manam  Author of Kokeshi, from Tohoku with Love. 
Kokeshi, from Tohoku With Love  Author Okazaki, Manami. Product Identifiers   ISBN-10 9881250706  ISBN-13 9789881250704    This is a welcomed and much awaited for book about Kokeshi. The Author interviewed many traditional Kokeshi artisans and provided a look into what drives them to create Kokeshi. The tradition, the love and the artistry behind each piece. It has 208 pages, a well balanced book with plenty of pictures and alot of information.  Kokeshi, from Tohoku With Love 2nd Ed.  Okazaki Manami does it again, a 2nd release of the original book "Kokeshi from Tohoku With Love".  The book includes extended interviews with artisans more pictures and stories. Although the book features Traditional Kokeshi it is a great read and a must have for Traditional and Creative Kokeshi Lovers. The book contains 250 pages.  ISBN-10 9881250730  ISBN-13 9789881250735  Author: Okazaki Manami  Japanese Kokeshi Dolls: The Woodcraft and Culture of Japan's Iconic Wooden Dolls  Kokeshi Wooden Treasures of Japan  Kokeshi book by Michael Evans and Robert Wolf titled "Kokeshi Wooden Treasures of Japan". It contains many Sosaku Kokeshi images with their names for a long time it was one of the only available resources in English about Kokeshi. ISBN: 0975957007 The book can be purchased on the authors  website. 
Sosaku Kokeshi  This book titled "Sosaku Kokeshi - A New Look At An Old Tradition" is by Michael Evans and Robert Wolf. It is the second book published by these authors related to Kokeshi. It was just published this year (2015). The book contains 205 pages and contains many pictures of Modern Kokeshi (very few traditional are included). The author's name, a short bio and the name of the Kokeshi is provided where information is available. The book can be purchased directly from the authors  website  Jennifer McDowell Disertation  Jennifer McDowell, Continued and Created Traditions   PDF FILE   I'd like to extend my gratitude to Jennifer McDowell for being so gracious to allow to directly link to this wonderful disertation on Kokeshi. Please stay tuned for more on McDowell.  A Collector's Guide: Traditional and Creative Kokeshi and Toys  What makes some of us collectors and others just observers? Is it an innate trait? Does the need to collect develop as we educate ourselves through study and become aware of particular piece of art or craft? When does the desire to collect become a driving force in one’s life? The answers will undoubtedly go wanting, to a certain degree, for a long time.  So therein lies the thrust of this Collectors Guide: a research guide to Traditional and Contemporary Kokeshi, and what is becoming a very collectible art form -- one in which we hope you will take great delight, and one which perhaps will trigger an appreciation for, and an interest in, collecting them as well. This e-book is availabe for instant download from the author's   website  Kokeshi: World of Japanese Kokeshi Dolls  A unique perspective  on Kokeshi by Reka Toth Vasarhelyi a Kokeshi maker, herself. In the book she explores how Japanese toys and cuture influence the world of Kokeshi as we know it today.  Check her  website  for purchase information. 
Japan's Dento Kokeshi  A close look at each of the types of traditional Kokeshi along with their production centers. Book can be purchased on  Blurb  Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement  Michael Evans and Robert Wolf. Unlike previous books this release offers fair market value of Kokeshi according to the authors many years of selling Kokeshi through their Mingei Arts website. There are 206 pages and over 400 images including signature samples. A great reference book for collectors of all stages.  Website Link