These are expensive little ladies. Originally each was a bell. Made in Japan, in the 1950’s. I thought they would be cute for Christmas. Only as an image, the price to buy them is too much for me.
These photos were on a site which was not loading well and gave me a malware warning.
Kokeshi (??? kokeshi?), are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. The bottom is marked with the signature of the artist.
I ended up looking at Halloween stuff on Flickr this morning. I found some Halloween groups and joined a couple. Lots of photos with ideas of what to wear and how to decorate yourself for the big night. Be spooktacular!
Spooky Halloween Dollhouse Miniatures
Halloween in Japan 2010
Halloween Wonderful 2010
Halloween in Canada
Vintage Halloween Postcards
Vintage Halloween Collectors
EHAG – Eclectic Halloween Artist Group
The Artful Pumpkin
My Mom bought a purse with these little Japanese girls on it. It was on the sale rack in Florida but I thought the drawings were cute and looked up the name on the purse. Found a lot of drawings and a whole fashion style called Harajuku.
Find more photos and information on Harajuku Style, WikiHow has a post about How to Dress Harajuku Style, there are photos on Japan Forum, Mooky Chick has a Harajuku Fashion Guide, on Flickr there is a collection of photos: Harajuku Girls are the New Geishas.
The illustration with this post came from Spoiled Brat’s blog.