MODERN JAPANESE, Japanese maple, made by Hiraga Teruyuki in Sakunami, Japan. Design by COMPANY/Aamu Song. Image courtesy COMPANY – TAASA Review March 2020


This article was originally found in the March 2020 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 29, Issue 1, Page 13).

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early 19th century to be sold as souvenirs to visitors frequenting the many hot springs in the region.

Over the years, kokeshi have been subsumed into the repertoire of forms considered to be part of Japan’s folk craft heritage.

At the same time, they have become ubiquitous, both within Japan and globally through tourism and the myriad forms of marketing made possible through the internet...