Kokeshi dolls were born in the Tohoku region of Japan about 150 years ago. Was originally developed as a toy for children of farmers is now a highly sort after collector’s item. In Gunma Prefecture, the production of wooden toys has flourished since the Meiji era, mainly in Soja-cho, Maebashi City. Today, kokeshi dolls are made entirely by hand by skilled craftsmen, from lumber to paint. FUJIKAWA KOGEI develops creative Kokeshi such as the Hohoemi Kokeshi Doll. "Hohoemi" which means "smile" in Japanese has been one of Fujikawa Kogei’s signature dolls for over 30 years. Every detail such as the two plum blossoms and falling leaves on the red kimono are carefully thought out. Such is a children’s play thing for over 150 years.