Usaburo Kokeshi

Usaburo Okamoto, the founder of Usaburo Kokeshi, was born in Shinto in 1917 and started to make kokeshi in 1950. He invented new styles by introducing special techniques. Poker drawing is the technique invented by Usaburo that expresses solidity well. At present, the studio has six woodworkers responsible for design, all of whom studied under Usaburo.