Kokeshi (こけし, 小芥子) originate from the northeastern region (Tōhoku-chihō) of Japan.  

Kokeshis have been crafted for more than 150 years as a toy for children. The figures are handmade from wood, with no arms or legs, a simple trunk and head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face.  

The 11 traditional Kokeshi styles represent the signature design of the 11 different towns in the Northern parts of Japan where Kokeshis were made. 

Since the 1950s, Kokeshi artisans have signed their work. Today the Kokeshi is a sign af love and friendship.