Kokeshi doll, rare vintage Snow Tanned Kokeshi couple from Japan, Yukiyake Couple by Takahashi Nagathoshi.
Kokeshi doll, rare vintage Snow Tanned Kokeshi couple from Japan, Yukiyake Couple by Takahashi Nagathoshi.
Kokeshi doll, rare vintage Snow Tanned Kokeshi couple from Japan, Yukiyake Couple by Takahashi Nagathoshi.
Kokeshi doll, rare vintage Snow Tanned Kokeshi couple from Japan, Yukiyake Couple by Takahashi Nagathoshi.
Kokeshi doll, rare vintage Snow Tanned Kokeshi couple from Japan, Yukiyake Couple by Takahashi Nagathoshi.
Kokeshi doll, rare vintage Snow Tanned Kokeshi couple from Japan, Yukiyake Couple by Takahashi Nagathoshi.
Kokeshi doll, rare vintage Snow Tanned Kokeshi couple from Japan, Yukiyake Couple by Takahashi Nagathoshi.
Kokeshi doll, rare vintage Snow Tanned Kokeshi couple from Japan, Yukiyake Couple by Takahashi Nagathoshi.
Kokeshi doll, rare vintage Snow Tanned Kokeshi couple from Japan, Yukiyake Couple by Takahashi Nagathoshi.
Kokeshi doll, rare vintage Snow Tanned Kokeshi couple from Japan, Yukiyake Couple by Takahashi Nagathoshi.
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Kokeshi doll, rare vintage Snow Tanned Kokeshi couple from Japan, Yukiyake Couple by Takahashi Nagathoshi.

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Exquisite Kokeshi couple from Japan by the artist Takahashi Nagathoshi entitled 'Suno Hiyake' which means 'Snow Tanned' in English.

These dolls are lovely vintage dolls for collection or perfect as an original gift for Japanese lovers or traditional wooden toy/doll lovers as well as couple gift for engagement party or weddings! I'm sure these hand craved couple will bring joy and love to anyone who looks at them.

These two dolls represent a husband and wife from the cold climate of the northern island of Hokkaido. These ornamented dolls were made to appear as if they are tanned from the light reflection off the snow, and have a shiny finish, so that the observer could see himself/herself in the head of each doll. The artist inscribed on the dolls: “Snowflakes are sky flowers, pale blossoms from the clouds, they tan our bodies, and wither on earth".

These dolls have an unique design and a simple design that it's actually very powerful. It's wabi-sabi as the view or thought of finding beauty in every aspect of imperfection in nature. It is about the aesthetic of things in existence, that are “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.

They were made in Iwate prefecture and are call snow kokeshi. Since ancient times, people in this area have been charcoal-burning during the long winter months, and from spring to autumn, they have been walking back and forth on steep mountain roads from the post station of Mizuyama, carrying the luggage of the spa guests of Sukawa Onsen. The snow and kokeshi dolls are reminiscent of the red-black and snow-burnt faces of these people, and their simple appearance is expressed using logs. The craftsman's signature is inscribed on each doll's body. This lovely doll would grace any collection.

  • Artist: Takahashi Nagathoshi (entitled 'Suno Hiyake').
  • Condition: In a very good condition with little sign of age. Please look at the pictures carefully (zoom in) to assess the condition of the item.
  • Size: 19.5 cm (7.5") husband and 18.5 cm (7") wife.
  • Weight: 321 grams (both).

 🎁 All items are wrapped with a beautiful Japanese fabric at no extra cost.