Sunday, March 22, 2015

Usaburou Kokeshi Factory

I visited the Usaburou Kokeshi factory in Gunma this weekend.

You can tour the factory and watch the craftsmen make the dolls.

In the main building, women paint the completed bodies.

After the factory tour, I went upstairs to the kokeshi museum. They have a lovely collection.
Here are a sampling of what you will see.

If you are interested, you can paint your own doll for a small fee. 
Here are some of the ladies I traveled with working on their dolls,

I think mine turned out pretty well.

The store is spacious and filled with lots of kokeshi dolls.

Some more photos of the property.

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