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Kumano - Hakata Doll

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Kumano - Hakata Dolls – Otokomono

Nobumasa Kunisaki,Traditional Craftsmen,Outstanding Skill Holder, Fukuoka Prefecture Intangible Cultural Property Holder

【A woman's sorrow for her sick mother】

"Kumano" is one of the representative pieces of Noh, and its author is said to be Zeami. This masterpiece masterfully depicts a woman dancing in the midst of spring in a sorrowful mood for her ailing mother.

Profile of Hakata Doll Artist
Name Nobumasa Kunisaki (Abbreviated name: Nobumasa)
Job Title Traditional Craftsmen, Outstanding Skill Holder, Fukuoka Prefecture Intangible Cultural Property Holder
Awards New Hakata Doll Exhibition : Prime Minister's Prize (4 times), Minister of International Trade and Industry Prize (1 time), Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (1 time), Industry Living Industry Bureau Director's Award (4 times), Director General's Award of Small and Medium Enterprise Agency (1 time), and many others
A word from the Takumi
(the craftsman)
Prototype, coloring, and fabric are all hand-made consistently.
Craftsman list
The beauty of tradition passed down from generation to generation!
Hakata dolls designated as traditional crafts!
【About Hakata Dolls】
  • Hakata dolls are a traditional craft representing Hakata. The traditional beauty and craftsmanship that have been passed down from generation to generation over the years continue to fascinate people today.
  • The origin of Hakata dolls can be traced back to 1600, more than 400 years ago, when Nagamasa Kuroda entered Chikuzen. Nagamasa gathered many craftsmen from Banshu, Nakatsu, and Najima to build Fukuoka Castle, and it is said that one of the roots of Hakata dolls dates back to when tile makers made unglazed dolls out of clay.
  • Hakata dolls are unique in their meticulous carving and subdued coloring.
  • Hakata dolls, which are called the ultimate in unglazed dolls, are categorized into Beauty dolls, Samurai dolls, Kabuki dolls, Noh dolls, Children dolls, Modern dolls, and so on.
【Male Hakata Dolls(“Otokomono”)】
  • Male Hakata dolls are full of various forms and beauty, including samurai (Kuroda Samurai) dolls that express bravery and strength, Kabuki dolls that show the gorgeousness of Kabuki theater, and Noh dolls that represent the ethereal world where stillness and movement coexist.
  • Among Hakata dolls, male dolls in particular are like a kaleidoscope, depicting powerful male figures in a variety of scenes in a glittering manner.
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A once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece
  • We offer the highest quality Hakata dolls available only here, carefully selected from the traditional crafts of Takumi(craftsman)that Kyushu Hakata is proud to offer to the world.
  • Each piece created by the hands of Takumi is a unique work of art that can only be found in this world. They are also official products that have been designated as traditional crafts by the government.
  • It is recommended as a anniversary gift for wedding celebrations, Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, and as a gift for precious person.
About Traditional Crafts
Traditional Crafts
  • Hakata dolls are designated as traditional crafts under the following "Densan Law".
  • Traditional handicrafts" defined by the "Act concerning the Promotion of the Traditional Craft Industries" (abbreviated as "Densan Law") are those that require skilled craftsmanship and have artistic elements, and require the following four elements.
  1. Mainly used for daily life
  2. The main part of the manufacturing process is handicraft
  3. Manufactured by traditional techniques or techniques
  4. Traditionally used raw materials
The seal of traditional crafts is a sign of authenticity.
  • Hakata dolls with this seal are authentic proof of "Traditional Hakata Dolls" designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.
  • All products we sell have this seal.

hakatadoll seal

Product Details
Product Contents Doll × 1 body
Material Colored unglazed clay
Size 25cm(height)
Weight 0.8kg
Production country Japan
How to handle Hakata dolls
  • Please display Hakata dolls out of direct sunlight.
  • Do not handle Hakata dolls with bare hands, but handle them while holding them against a cloth or paper.
  • Please remove dust from the doll by gently brushing it off with a clean brush.
  • Do not wipe with a wet cloth.
Careful packaging and shipping of Hakata dolls

We carefully pack your order by our Hakata doll specialists to ensure safe and secure delivery to your doorstep.

Attentions regarding logistics

  1. We try our best to show the colors as close as possible to the real thing in the photos, but appreciate your understanding that there may be slight differences due to your PC, smartphone, or other display device.
    We do not accept returns or exchanges for the convenience of our customers. Please make sure to check the contents of your order before placing it.
  2. Please note that we ship directly from Japan, so we cannot change the recipient's information once the item is shipped.
  3. Please note that all of our products are shipped directly from Japan, and you will be responsible for any customs duties that may be incurred when clearing customs. We do not accept returns, exchanges, or refunds due to high customs fees. Please make sure to check the contents of your order before placing it.
  4. If the customer refuses to pay the customs duty at the time of customs clearance, or the package is confiscated due to other reasons, it is not our responsibility, and the customer will be responsible for all losses. Please note that you will be responsible for all losses.
  5. We take great care in managing our products, but please do not remove the labels from the products upon arrival. We do not accept exchanges for products that have been used once, products that have been damaged or defaced due to the customer's responsibility, or products that do not have all the parts that came in the package.
  6. If the product is initially defective, or if it is not the product you ordered, please contact us immediately within 7 days of receiving the product.
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