Kokeshi - Strains                                                      
The following descriptions are from various sources and research that I have done over the past 5 years. I have tried my best to include and validate all the information provided. There is room for error, since much of the information is translated from Japanese sites and books, if you find an error or would like to contribute comments or suggestions please contact me Brossia at Soulportals. Hope you find these pages helpful.
There are not many Hijiori artist today and thus these types of Kokeshi are considered rare. The Hijiori strain was first produced in Ōkura town in Mogami County at the Hijiori Hot Springs in Yamagata Prefecture.  It was said to have been started by Kakizaki Denzō who learned to make kokeshi in Narugo, later returning home to start his own kokeshi business around the late 1870s. Inoue Tōgorō, an apprentice of Kakizaki Denzō, also trained at the Tōgatta Hot Springs to learn new techniques. Hijiori Kokeshi are a mixture of the Togatta and Naruko Strains this can be seen in the characteristics of each doll today, such as the Togatta like head and the thick bodies of Naruko Kokeshi. A unique type which is identifiably Hijiori is the Shosuke type edged with thick black hair, large faces with long slanted eyes under thick eyebrows and slightly pursed red lips.
Head /Hair
Double Bow-Tie Double bow-tie and Shosuke hair design
Heads can be big and blocky, some are round or oval like. The hair consist of a single, or double bang with side tufts, some like the shosuke will have a full crown of hair with long side tufts. Ornaments on the hair are a double bow tie (sometimes refered to as dragon fly) usually in red and green or tied hair with few tegara lines.
Facial Features
Cheeks Nose - Design Eye Design Mouth Design
Circular, Lightly Colored in Red Traditional Kokeshi Togatta Hijiori with a hat accessory and blushed cheeks. The artist is Sadao Kobayashi. Nakobana Togatta Nose type Ware-bana Long Cat Nose design
Bachibana Togatta Nose type Ware-bana Bachibana - Long drumstick nose
Shishibana Togatta Nose type Ware-bana Shishibana - Flared nostrils or Lion Nose
FUTAE-MABUTA; Variety of double eye lid with open /closed corners Pursed - curved lips slightly opened and single upper lip line with full red lower lip Different Lip /Eye Designs
Body Features: Straight cylinder shoulders where some have a thin, elevated, rounded rim. Others have what appears to be a small base like stand. There are also those that have a yellow base paint on the body, and belt like waist band. Hijiori Kokeshi are made of two pieces of wood which form the head and body.
Substrains: Shusuke and Okuyama Series Kokeshi by Kuraji Okuyama notice the beautiful Tegara spread on the head very Togatta like, while the body is more representative of Narugo
Design Elements
Flowers Other
Kānēshon Traditional Kokeshi Fringed Pink Carnation Carnations are popular in all cultures and meanings span from, I'll never forget you, to Undying love Ejiko Kokeshi by Kuraji Okuyama Ejiko Design
Fringed Pink Carnations Fringed Pink Carnation Design by Seiichi Suzuki.
Princess Daruma Kokeshi by Shigeyuki Sato Daruma Princess Design
Layered Mum Layered Mum by Sato Shigenosuke. Obi-Sash
Accessories: Waist Band Kokeshi by Sato Shoichi it's design includes a yellow body base, Hijiori Mums, raised shoulder rim painted in red and a beautiful waist band. Facial Features are those of Shusuke style. Rattle Kokeshi by Kuraji Okuyama, Azuki Beans are placed in the head. When children shake the Kokeshi they can hear a rattling sound  
Origins: Togatta, Hijiori,Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Woods: Mizuki