Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Kingyo Press (October 25, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 7.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Finally a informative and interesting book on kokeshi that is in English and available for a very reasonable price. This is not just a picture book that you will flip through and then never pick up again. I have been a avid kokeshi fan for years and will be rereading different parts of the book because there is quite a lot of information in it. Most of the book is taken up with interviews of different kokeshi masters. What a treat for those of us who can't travel to northern Japan and figure out how to get to some of the remote areas where the artists live. My sister just returned from a trip to Japan and made multiple trips up north to visit kokeshi museums etc. She bought two kokeshi books for me while she was there and was surprised when she returned and received Ms. Okazaki's book that I ordered for her from . She agrees that this is a great book.If the author ever follows this up with a book in english on kokeshi terminology (with photos) and how to get to the kokeshi making areas, I would buy it. The author is very generous since proceeds from the sale of the book go to Tohoku relief aid. For those of you who have had sticker shock when looking for kokeshi books on ebay, buy this book now before it sells out. Great book, great purpose and great on the pocketbook.
Whether you are a serious collector or have just recently become aware of kokeshi, you can't go wrong with this book. From the affordable price, comprehensive information ( much of which is not available anywhere else),lavish photos, great book design and great writing to the proceeds of the sale going to the people of Tohoku Japan who are still suffering from the tragic effects of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, this book is a winner!
I have just recently accidentally discovered Kokeshi on the Etsy site, and I became immediately curious if there was a book out there that would be affordable, and informative. Leave it to to have such a book available.This book is wonderful! I am amazed at how reasonably priced it indeed was, in regards to the wealth of information it contains. Whether you are a serious collector, or a Newbie, like myself, you will truly enjoy this delightful book.It is so helpful now, purchasing Kokeshi, and being able to research the backstory on a particular doll.Also, learning that donations are being made to help Tsunami victims, is an added bonus.Wonderful photos.... In depth-info., very user- friendly.
I love this book. It is an interesting look into the artists and regions that produce kokeshi. I wish it was longer with more artists and history because I enjoyed it so much. But, for the price, the book is a great thing to have. I especially liked the map showing where each type of kokeshi was made.
An interesting addition to the history and culture of kokeshi that is published in English. Provides a fine companion to a much earlier book "An Invitation to kokeshi Dolls" by Chizuko Takeuchi with Roberta Stephens, published in English in 1982.
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