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Some Kokeshi are fashioned after local heroes, children's stories or folklores. In this section I will share some of the stories I have come across in my collecting journey.
  • Kappa's

  • The Maidens
  • Takasago Legend
  • 24 Eyes

  • Kanichi & Omiya; Golden Demon
  • TOWADA LAKE
    OTOME NO ZOU, THE MAIDENS, STATUE BY KOTARO TAKAMURA
    KOTARO TAKAMURA AGE 29  OTOME NO ZOU TRANSLATES THE MAIDENS IN TOWADA LAKE JAPAN  CHIEKO TAKAMURA WIFE OF KOTARO  KOKESHI- TOWADA LAKE W/ MAIDENS DESIGN 
    Kotaro Takamura was a well known sculptor and poet born in 1883. Kotaro's poetry expressed his feelings towards westernization which often put him at odds with, the majority, public opinion. 

    Kotaro met Chieko a talented, rebellious, feminist, artist and writer a perfect match that lead to an unconventional marriage. Which would subject Chieko to a life of opposition from those who thought she was not behaving as a conventional Japanese wife should.

    Chieko had other worries, she was a schizophrenic, and struggled with this mental illness until her early death at the young age of 52. Kotaro's poem's share and breath life into what was the mind of Chieko but most undoubtedly  Takamura-san is best known for his poetic anthology "Chieko's Sky"  which still enchants readers today.

    Kotaro's last commissioned sculpture is still found in Towada Lake, called Otome No Zou, The maidens. It is believed they were fashioned after his very own Chieko ... the woman he knew, loved and adored and the schizophrenic version of her. The two in a stand offish position.
    Further Readings:
    Kotaro's Poetry  translated by Paul Archer
    Chieko's Dream - All about Chieko.
    Chieko's Sky  Book:
    • ISBN-10: 0870113135
    • ISBN-13: 978-0870113130
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