In the times of the Emperor Shotoku(718～770) ,
wood special container was made for four kinds of Sutra Dharani.
The total number of container was 1 million.
This work is said to be the oldest Kokeshi doll which a woodworker made.
After that, son of Emperor Seiwa (844～897) instructed a turning technology to woodworker in Ogura village in Aichi-Gun.
Therefore, woodworkers, who had achived a technique,
moved to Kanto and Tohoku in the east or Kyushu and Shikoku in the west.
They moved and formed the village of the wood worker to the hot-spring resort of each place.
While woodworkers made a tray or a wooden bowl,
they made the bare wood toys such as kokeshi doll for the girl or a spinning top for a boy.
It was changed from the toy of the child to a folkcraft afterwards.
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Shiroishi city, Miyagi prefecture
3rd to 5th May
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Naruko onsen osaki city
1st Satuday and Sunday of September
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Togattaonsen Kattagun Zaomachi, Miyagi prefecture
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