During one of my many internet adventures (i.e. I had some free time and went on ebay), I happened upon some very cute Kohkeshi dolls made by the company Usaburo.
If you’re unfamiliar with Kokeshi dolls, they are traditional Japanese wooden dolls that have a characteristic look… mainly a sort of stump-like body with no limbs. These dolls are quite iconic and they make wonderful decorative items for the home. A “typical” doll might look something like this:
A more modern take on the dolls might look something like this (I think these are so cute!) :
When I saw these Kokeshis based on popular cartoon characters I thought they looked wonderful… nice vivid colors and cute shape.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse:
Miffy (Nijntje) & Snoopy:
Doraemon & Doraemi:
The dolls can be purchased direct from the Usaburo website, and range from about $20 and up (the dolls above might be in the $35 range) which does not include shipping from Japan.
Totally eying the kimono wearing Miffy dolls!