Kokeshi dolls are distinct wooden figurines that originated in Japan in the nineteenth century. I like kokeshi dolls, and I featured my small collection in an article on an impromptu piano recitalin May 2021. (My colleague, Victor V. Gurbo, is less fond of kokeshi dolls.) With one exception, all of my kokeshi dolls were manufactured by Usaburo Kokeshi, a company based in Gunma Prefecture that produces handcrafted kokeshi dolls. I recently needed to make a purchase on Amazon, so while I was in the area, I decided to find a new kokeshi doll to add to my collection. While I never understood the trend – I do understand that so-called unboxing videos are all the rage today (are they still the rage?). For that reason, I decided to create a (poorly shot and edited) unboxing photoshoot.
(For those who are curious – you can find Usaburo kokeshi dolls online. Amazon offers a decent selection. Prices vary, but on Amazon most are in the $25-$50 range as of April 24, 2022.)