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Create Your Own “Kokeshi” Doll

KokeshiJapanese “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). While we sadly don’t boast hot springs at this year’s HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market, our popular hands-on DIY kokeshi decorating workshop will return so that you can take home a hand-painted memento of your time at the event!

Kokeshi_exhibit_at_Seattle_Nihon_Go_Gakko_02Among 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!

  • £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
  • Classes can be paid for at the Creative Studio reception
  • Please arrive at the Creative Studio 10 minutes before the start time for each activity
  • 30-40 people per workshop