Nippon Collaboratory

About Nippon Collaboratory

Nippon Collaboratory was established in 2011 to promote traditional and sophisticated Japanese crafts. A tradition unique to northern Japan is the handcrafting of kokeshi dolls, a practice which has taken place since the early 19th century. The dolls were originally made for children until the woodwork artisans (kiji-shi) realised their commerciality and started selling them as souvenirs at the nearby hot springs. In Japan it is popular to collect kokeshi as they are widely regarded as lucky charms.