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Matagoro 9th Gen (九代又五郎こけし)  Matagoro 7th Gen  Matagoro 7th Gen  Matagoro 7th Gen 
Matagoro Yashima  Sho-Chiku-Bai | Good Luck - Kyoto Traditions states that the Matagoro doll dates back several hundred years to a woodworker named Matagoro. He is said to have carved sugi (Japanese cedar) into a doll form, it is a predecessor to the traditional kokeshi form known today. Sugi is a soft, grainy, lightweight wood considered by most to be unsuitable for kokeshi making but the skills and the style of the first Matagoro have been passed down through many generations, and is currently on the 9th generation.