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Naruko Kokeshi, Japanese Folk Toy, Miyagi Prefecture

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Folk Art: Pre 1980: Item # 494846

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Naruko-kei Kokeshi by Tsugawara Wahei, born Sept. 13, 1945. Wood, Height 7". Although this is a typical Naruko stle kokeshi, the words "Kaizen Damashii" (Group Spirit) have been written over the normal decorative patterns. Also written is "Mogami Denki Kabushiki Kaisha" (Mogami Electric Company, Inc.) This was probably commissioned and given out to company employees at a corporate solidarity event or campaign. Probably dates from the 1980's.