Traditional Crafts Company “Usaburo Kokeshi” to Release Dragon Ball Kokeshi Dolls!

24.August.2017 | FASHION

Hikidashi are going to sell kokeshi dolls based on the popular Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama. The dolls come as part the character series of kokeshi dolls created by Usaburo Kokeshi. The Dragon Ball kokeshi went up on the Hikidashi online store on August 23rd for pre-order, featuring a line-up of Son Goku, Krillin, and Master Roshi.

 

Usaburo Kokeshi was established in 1950. Located in a workshop in Shinto, village on the Eastern side of Mount Haruna in Gunma Prefecture, the artisans of Usaburo Kokeshi have worked diligently to create Dragon Ball kokeshi to add to their character series collection.

 

Established by Okamoto Usaburō, the company manufactures their dolls using pottery wheels before decorating them by carving and using pyrography to create a new kind of manufacturing technique. Usaburo Kokeshi currently export directly to 18 countries, mainly in Europe, to deliver their masterful work to the rest of the world. Their dolls have been very well received both in Japan and overseas.

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Now people can enjoy the brand new adorable Goku, Krillin and Master Roshi kokeshi and the warmth of the wood from which they are made. The versions they have created are of Goku and Krillin when they were Master Roshi’s pupils wearing their orange dōgi, or training uniforms.

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The Goku kokeshi features Goku with his trademark hairstyle and his power pole on his back. The power pole is also carved from wood to make it three dimensional. They have really gotten all the details in there.

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The orange training uniforms, black belts and 亀 (‘kame’) or ‘turtle’ symbol on Goku’s chest are all carefully painted in different colours.

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The features for Krillin, who also in with training together with Goku and Master Roshi, are also on point, with his classic expression and marks on his forehead.

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Just like Goku, the Krillin kokeshi also has the same uniform, belt and turtle symbol on his chest, all painted in their respective colours.

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Master Roshi, also known as the “Turtle Hermit,” is Goku and Krillin’s teacher. Usaburo Kokeshi made sure to keep his trademark sunglasses, beard, and the turtle shell on his back, staying faithful to his original design down to the last detail.

 

The team over at Usaburo Kokeshi have truly created something special with their new Dragon Ball kokeshi designs, each and everyone of which is made with warmth, passion and an exceptional attention to detail. Why not get your hands on one of these cute kokeshi for yourself?

 

■Information

Dragon Ball Kokeshi by Usaburo Kokeshi

Types: Son Goku / Krillin / Master Roshi

Produced in Shinto Village, Kita Gunma, Gunma Prefecture

Price: ¥4,000 each (tax excl.)

Pre-orders opened on August 23, 2017.

On sale end of October 2017 when they will be delivered sequentially.

©BIRD STUDIO / Shuueisha・Toei Animation

Product details: https://hkds.tokyo/category/DRAGONBALLKOKESHI/

 

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