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Here is information on the various Kokeshi Kijishi (Artist) I've gathered online, or from my own personal collection. Please note their may be different styles of an Artist Signature which are not displayed here. Additionally, translations of each artist name from the original to English is sometimes based on what I was informed of by a seller & may not be 100% accurate.
CREATIVE SIGNATURE DATABASE <---NEW LISTINGS 06/29/2014
ARTIST NAME PICTURE TYPE OF DOLL SIGNATURE AWARDS
Abe Heishiro   Kijiyama-Traditional Signature Abe Heishiro Abe Heishiro  
Abe Masayoshi     Signature Abe Masayoshi Signature This is a sample of Abe Masayoshi Signature on a Kokeshi Doll. [Artist Awards]
Abe Shinya   Zao - Traditional Signature Abe Shinya  
Abo Muchihide   Tsugaru-Traditional Signature Abo Muchihide  
Aida Eiji   Yamagata-Sakunami Signature Aida Eiji  
Akiyama Kazuo   Zao - Traditional Signature Akiyama Kazuo  
Aoki Ryoka Creative Signature Aoki Ryoka Signature This is a sample of Aoki Ryoka Signature on a Kokeshi Doll. [Artist Awards 1962 Won a prize at Japan Painters Institute Exhibition

1968 Emperor Akihito purchased" Hinagiku"

1978 Won a Gunma Prefecture Governor's Award

1979 Won a Gunma Prefecture Governor's Award

1980 Won a Economy, Trade and industry ministry minister Award

1981 Tokyo ministry of Economy, Trade and industry ministry Award and won at other three prize

1986 Gunma Creative Kokeshi Contest and Won a Prize at Gunma Prefecture Governor's Award

1987 Japan Kokeshi Contest

Won a prize at Gunma Prefecture Governor's Award and Economy, Trade and industry ministry Award

1988 Gunma Creative Kokeshi Contest and also Won a prize at Prime Minister Award

1990 Japan Kokeshi Contest and also Won a prize at Carrier minister Award

1991 Gunma Creative Kokeshi Contest and also Won a prize at Prime Minister Award
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Azuma Sadao   Kijiyama-Traditional Signature Azuma Sadao Azuma Sadao  
Eiichi Sakyo   Signature Aoki Ryoka Signature
Eiichi
 
Hanzawa Kazuko   Creative Signature Hanawa Kazulo Hanawa Kazuko - Female Artist  
Hiraga Kenjirou   Sakunami Signature Hiraga Kenjirou  
Hiraga Teruyuki   Sakunami Signature Hiraga Teruyuki  
Honda Isao   Tsugaru-Traditional Signature Honda Isao  
Ikawa Takematsu   Kijiyama-Traditional Signature Ikawa Takematsu Ikawa Takematsu  
Izu Mamoru   Oshin - Narugo Signature Izu Mamoru Izu Mamoru  
Izumi   Signature Izumi
Izumi Signature.
 
Izumi Seitaro   Creative    
Jinnohara Kouki   Tsuchiyu Signature Jinnohara Kouki  
Kano Hiroshi   Sakunami Signature Kano Hiroshi  
Kato Yasuaki   ???? Signature Kato Yasuaki  
Kazunori Jinnohara   Tsuchiyu Signature Kazunori Jinnohara  
Kazuo Ishiyama   Zao - Traditional Signature Kazuo Ishiyama  
Kichitarou Niiyama   Yajiro - Traditional Signature Kichitarou Niiyama  
Kumagai Tadashi   Naruko - Traditional Signature Kumagai Tadashi Kumagai Tadashi  
Kumagaya Yaichi   Naruko - Traditional Signature Kumagaya Yaichi Kumagaya Yaichi  
Koji Okuyama   Hijiori - Traditional Signature Koji Okuyama Koji Okuyama  
Kokubu Eichi   Yajiro - Traditional Signature Kokubu Eichi  
Kuribayashi Issetsu      
Miyagawa Kunio   Signature Miyagawa Kunio This is a sample of Miyagawa Kunio Signature on a Kokeshi Doll.  
Miyajima Muhitsu   Creative Signature Miyajima Muhitsu Miyajima Muhitsu
Signature Miyajima Muhitsu Miyajima Muhitsu
 
Morizo Suzumago   Hanamaki Signature Morizo Suzumago Morizo Suzumago  
Myojiro Mamiya   Tsugaru-Traditional Signature Myojiro Mamiya  
Niiyama Manabu   Signature Niiyama Manabu This is a sample of Niiyama Manabu Signature on a Kokeshi Doll.  
Nobuaki      
Nobuyuki Ishizone      
Noji Tadao   Tsuchiyu Signature Noji Tadao  
Ohseki Seien   Hanamaki Signature OHSEKI SEIEN Ohseki Seien  
Okazaki Saiichi Naruko-Traditional Signature Okazaki Saiichi Okazaki Saiichi
Oki Izumi   [Artist Awards]
Oki Yasunobu   [Artist Awards]
Sakyo Yajiro-Traditional Signature Sakyo
Sakyo
Sanshiro Ishiyama   Zao - Traditional Signature Sanshiro Ishiyama  
Sato Hidehiro Hijiori - Traditional Signature Sato Hidehero Sato Hidehero
Sato Kazuo   Nanbu- Tougatta Signature Sato Kazuo Sato Kazuo  
Sato Koichi   Signature Sato Koichi
Sato Koichi
Sato Masahiro   Signature Sato Masahiro This is a sample of Sato Masahiro signature on a Kokeshi Doll.
Sato Minoru   Naruko - Traditional Signature Sato Minoru Sato Minoru  
Sato Shigetaka   Yajiro-Traditional Signature Sato Shigetaka  
Sato Suigai   [Artist Awards SATO SUIGAI AWARDS
1959 Won a prize at Artist Association Chairman's Award
1960 Won a prize at Contest Tokyo Metropolitan Governor's Award
1966 Won a prize at Prime Minister's Award
1968 Won various prizes as follows
A prize at Chrysanthemum Award
Gunma Creative Kokeshi Contest
Won a prize at Maebashi City Mayor's Award
Won a prize at Ministry of Economy and Trade, Director General's Award
Won a prize at NHK Award
Won a prize at Nikkei Newspaper Award
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Sato Takeshi    Tougatta Signature Sato Takeshi  
Sato Tatsuo   Signature Sato Tatsuo This is a sample of Sato Tatsuo signature on a Kokeshi Doll.
Sato Teruo   Tougatta Signature Sato Teruo  
Sato Tomio   Tougatta Signature Sato Tomio  
Sato Yoshiki   Signature Sato Yoshiki This is a sample of Sato Yoshiki signature on a Kokeshi Doll.
Seiichi Suzuki Hijiori - Traditional Signature Seiichi Suzuki Seiichi Suzuki
Seijiro Kobayashi   Sakunami - Yamagata Signature Seijiro Kobayashi  
Sekiguchi Sansaku Picture Sekiguchi Sansaku Signature Sekiguchi Sansaku Signature on a Kokeshi Doll. [Artist Awards Sekiguchi Sansaku AWARDS
He is the only artist who who has been certified as Master of Creative Kokehshi artist by the Japanese government.

Japan Kokeshi Contest
1969 Won a prize at Prime Minister Award "Hanakazari"
1973 Won a prize at Prime Minister Award "Muramusume"
1975 Won a prize at Prime Minister Award " Kanoko"
He has won numerous prizes for over 50 of his Kokeshi creations.

Since 1976, he was certified as a non-Judgment invitational artist at both Japan Kokoeshi contest and Gunma Kokeshi contest.In 1977, at the Japan Traditional Greece exhibition, the beauty of Kokeshi art overwhelmed a lot of people. The creation of Kanoko was displayed at the Greece Orient Museum as a permanent conservation exhibit. Today, his creations are seen as the bridge of international amity.

Source http://www.kokeshi-shop.com/English/artists/index.html No Longer A valid Link.
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Sekiguchi Toa   Creative Signature Sekiguchi Toa Sekiguchi Toa  
Shokaku   Signature Shokaku This is a sample of Shokaku signature on a Kokeshi Doll.  
Susumago Jitsutaro   Nanbu-Traditional Signature Susumago Jitsutaro Susumago Jitsutaro  
Takahashi Hajime   Creative Signature Takahashi Hajime Takahashi Hajime  
Takahashi Hyojiro   Kijiyama-Traditional Signature Takahashi Hyojiro Takahashi Hyojiro  
Takahashi Kinzo   Nanbu-Traditional Signature Takahashi Kinzo Takahashi Kinzo  
Takeda Masahi        
Tanaka Shigemi   Creative Signature Tanaka Shigemi Tanaka Shigemi  
TasaseTokio   Naruko - Traditional Signature Tasase Tokio Tasase Tokio  
Toshio Satou Picture Toshio Satou Toshio Satou Naruko - Traditional Signature Toshio Satou Toshio Satou  
Toshio Sekiguchi   Creative Signature Toshio Sekiguchi Toshio Sekiguchi  
Tsuda Jiro   Creative Signature Tsuda Jiro Tsuda Jiro  
Usaburo Okamoto Picture Usaburo Okamoto
1917-2009 R.I.P
Image (c)Usaburo.com
Creative Signature Usaburo Okamoto This is a sample of Usaburo Okamoto signature on a Kokeshi Doll.
Wagatsuma Kichisuke   Tougatta Signature Wagatsuma Kichisuke  
Wantanabe Masao   Creative Signature Toshio Sekiguchi Toshio Sekiguchi  
Watanabe Tetsuo   Tsuchiyu Signature Watanabe Tetsuo  
Yamanaka Sanpei   Creative Signature Yamanaka Sanpei Yamanaka Sanpei  
Yokuzan / Yozan?   Creative Signature Yokuzan Yokuzan  
Yonamoto Yutaka   Tougatta Signature Yonamoto Yutaka  
Yoshitugu     Signature Yoshitugu Yoshitugu  
         
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