This Kamen Rider Kokeshi Doll Collection is Crafted With Traditional Japanese Techniques

06.July.2021 | FASHION

Hikidashi released its third collection of Kamen Rider design kokeshi dolls on Tuesday as part of Usaburo Kokeshi’s character doll line-up.


Kamen Rider Kokeshi: Kamen Rider 2 by Usaburo Kokeshi

Kamen Rider Kokeshi: Shocker by Usaburo Kokeshi

Kamen Rider Kokeshi: Black by Usaburo Kokeshi

Showa Kamen Rider Kokeshi

Usaburo Kokeshi is a kokeshi doll maker that first opened in 1950. Its workshop is based in Shinto, a village in Gunma Prefecture. This third collection in its Kamen Rider Kokeshi series includes wooden palm-sized versions of Kamen Rider 2, Shocker, and Black, all of which are handmade individually with love and care.

 

The dolls feature all the little details of the characters carved naturally from the wood from the masks and belts to each of their outfits. You can feel the attention to detail poured in from the craftsmen imbued into every part of the dolls.

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    Grand Prix Winner: Nakagawa Woodcrafts Hira Studio “Wave” series (left) “YORISIRO” series (right)

     

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    Geoffrey Bouillot

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    Masahito Noto

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    The project has developed items in collaboration with traditional craftwork companies, such Edo Kiriko glass-cutting with Shimizu Glass and wazarashi hand towels with Tokyo Wazarashi. These will be donated as a return for the crowdfunding that was required to fund this project.

    There will also be an art panel showcased by the local soccer team Nankatsu SC as well as items made in collaboration with businesses such as t-shirts and hoodies by CON±RAD, soccer cleats by BMZ, blueberry brownies with a local eatery, and much more.

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