I promised Gerri I would take this photo. Gerrie gave me the Kokeshi doll in the middle to add to my collection when I met June, Terry, and Gerrie for lunch in Portland. She said it was lonely at her house, but it’s taken me a while to round these guys up for a little Kokeshi party. Thanks Gerrie, she fits right in!

Kokeshi are wooden Japanese folk toys that were commonly made as dowel-shaped dolls carved from branches of trees. Now days there are tons of different styles — the one on the right with the tassles still has bark from the tree on its base, and the two on the left with the brown jackets are dolls from my childhood that my mother recently found in an attic. Somewhere in a Japanese tin I have more small ones, but for the time being, they are determined to stay hidden.

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