The history of Sakurai family as kokeshi makers dates back to Matagoro Onuma iin Edo period, who is believed to have been the founder of Naruko style kokeshi. In the course of its five-generation history, the family has produced several diverse and very important kokeshi craftspersons, such as Iwazo Onuma, Mannojo Sakurai, Kenzaburo Onuma, to name a few. Current generation Akihiro produces kokeshis in the styles of those predecessors, rendering them through his own expressions. This "repertoire" is one element that singles out Sakurai family, as many kokeshi studios have only one design, although variations of forms or colors might be found.
Another characteristics of Sakurai family is a unique coexistence of emphasis on tradition and experimental spirit. Following the rich veins of outstanding craftspersons, the family has always emphasized its tradition and the past, both in and out of family members. At the same time, however, Sakurai family has also been a leading innovator in the world of kokeshi, coming up with several designs which by now have become standard in kokeshi in general.
Kokeshi Painting Experience
Experience kokeshi painting at our shop! It is a fun-filled way to familiarize yourself with kokeshi a bit deeper.
If you are a party of 5 or more people, please book in advance before 3 days prior to your visit. If you are a smaller party, booking is not necessary. Yet as it tend to be crowded during national holidays and long weekends, booking in advance is recommended.
Price：1500yen + tax / person
Three types of blank kokeshi are available as shown below.
Access and General Information
Yumoto 26, Naruko-onsen, Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, 989-6823, Japan
+81-229-87-3575 ／ FAX : +81-22-398-5395
Booking Kokeshi Painting Experience
TEL ／ FAX : +81-229-83-3460
Get off at Naruko Onsen Station on JR Rikuu East Line, and walk 5 minutes