Kokeshi are traditional wooden dolls, intended to be given as a gift, which symbolise love and friendship.Believed to have originated in North Japan during the early 19th century, they became popular as souvenirs and presents for people visiting the hot springs of the region. They are handcrafted from wood, with a simple form which lacks arms and legs. The head features a painted face, and the trunk is decorated with floral or graphic patterns, in hues of red, pink and black.originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. The bottom is marked with the signature of the artist.
Each is hand carved and painted, and therefore unique.