A Kimekomi doll is a doll that appeared in Kyoto around 1740, made from a body of clay and wood in which grooves are dug to insert a cloth with a spatula. The characteristic lies in the individuality which the artist easily expresses in the design and in its compact decoration.
During the Edo period, Hina and Musha wood grain dolls were popular. However, nowadays, most Japanese people are only interested in kimekomi dolls on limited occasions such as during Hinamatsuri (“doll festival”) and Children's Day. Foreigners hardly know them.
Profile of Toko Kakinuma, a traditional Japanese craftsman
Born in Arakawa-ku, Tokyo in September 1948.
In 1971, studied under Yoshitoku Daimitsu.
After studying with Toko Kakinuma, a traditional craftsman in 1974, he devoted himself to making Edo Kimekomi dolls.
He created Shinnô-kazari (noble dolls) and Fuzokuningyo (dressed mannequin dolls) in splendid colors.In particular, he is launching a new brand Toko with a style that constantly looks at the "present moment of eras" and works on innovative works while learning unique techniques such as Raden inlays or colorful Kimekomi dolls. ..
In February 1999, he became a traditional craftsman approved by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
In February 2000, he became a traditional craftsman certified by the Governor of Tokyo
・Prime Minister's Prize (in 1987, 1989, and 1992)
・Minister of Education Award (in 1985, 1996, 1999, and 2011)
・Special Prize of the 10th Exhibition of the Association of Traditional Craftsmen of Japan
・President's Prize of the National Exhibition of Traditional Crafts of Japan (2007)