Kokeshi Doll originated from Tohoku and was sold as souvenirs to onsen visitors in the northern region. It was also a children’s toy in the olden days. The Kokeshi Doll is now valued as traditional Japanese folk craft which serves as a collectible ornament.
Tohoku is also a treasure house of varied traditional craftworks such as Nanbu Tekki (iron cast utensils), Magewappa (antibacterial wood container), Nanbu Sakiori (textile), Kokeshi (wooden toy), to name a few.
Some of the fine traditional craftworks have been handed down through many generations of artisans with histories of over 1,000 years. Even the origin of newer crafts is dated back 400 years ago, where feudal lords encouraged locals to evolve their crafts as a means to an end.