• Akihiro Sakurai

    Sakurai Kokeshi 5th Generation

     

    櫻井昭寛 / Akihiro Sakurai

     

    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.

     

  • Awarded Kokeshis

    Best Kokeshi Award, The 58th All Japan Kokeshi Festival

    Iwazo Type

    Best Kokeshi Award, The 60th All Japan Kokeshi Festival

    Eikichi Type

    METI Tohoku Director Award, The 61th All Japan Kokeshi Festival

    Eikichi Style

    Best Kokeshi Award, The 58th All Japan Kokeshi Competition

    Iwazo Style

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