Japanese “Kokeshi” Dolls purportedly came into being during Japan’s Edo perod (1600–1868), and were originally sold as souvenirs to travellers visiting hot springs in the North-East of the country (the modern Miyagi prefecture), a trend that continues to this day. While we sadly don’t boast hot springs at this year’s HYPER JAPAN Festival, one of our popular Creative Studio activities from our Christmas Market returns as we’ll have a hands-on DIY kokeshi decorating workshop!
Among kokeshi types, the “Naruko” Kokeshi is the most common, with the main street of in Miyagi Prefecture’s Naruko Onsen Village being known as “Kokeshi Street” due to the many artisans and sellers! However, other styles and even “Creative” kokeshi also exist, not bound by any particular traditional design. Like all souvenirs, kokeshi are well-suited to being given as gifts, and exchanging kokeshi with a hand-written message as a token of friendship is not uncommon. If you’re stuck for what to give the Japanophile in your life this holiday season, consider making them one of these hand-made, one-off traditional Japanese craft gifts!
- Starts at 19:00 Friday 15th, 10:30 Saturday 16th
- £5 Per person
- All Ages
- Note: This activity involves paint so wear clothes you are willing to get dirty in the event of an accident.
- No advance bookings
- You should be at the Creative Studio 10 minutes before the starting time for the activity.
- 30-40 people per workshop