• Akihiro Sakurai

    Sakurai Kokeshi 5th Generation

    Born in 1951 in Naruko, Akihiro is the 5th-generation Kokeshi craftsperson of the Sakurai family. Inheriting the spirit of his father and master Shoji, he does not restrain himself with only traditional types. Three-time winner of the Best Kokeshi Award with his traditional Kokeshi, he never ceases to question himself about what Kokeshi can be, actively exploring new possibilities.