Kokeshi artisans

Yachiyo Ishizoe

Born in 1952 in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, Yachiyo has enjoyed painting since her childhood when she studied Japanese painting. She began to study under Usaburo I at the age of 22. Keeping in mind the lessons given by her teacher, "The best accolade is that customers say your kokeshi is charming," Yachiyo often stays up late at night studying kokeshi and regards as her treasures the opinions she receives from customers to whom she sells at the store. Her "Happy Jizo (guardian deity of travelers and children)," one of our popular products, was born from these efforts. Its body expresses a Japanese sentiment using the bark of a cherry tree. The light crimson color of its cheeks made of table dogwoods with plump ears will bring you peace of mind. Her "Dance of Ginkgo" exhibited at the All-Japan Kokeshi Contest was awarded the Prize of the Minister of International Trade and Industry. In this kokeshi, Yachiyo expresses the world of picture books enjoyed by girls. Her favorite subjects are taken from daily life, and she puts her whole heart into the expression of the eyes she draws with many soft lines.

  • Born in 1952 in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture;
  • Began to study under Usaburo Okamoto in 1974;
  • Winner of many prizes, including the Prize of the Minister of International Trade and Industry.
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