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Hakata Doll "Biken Kogeisha"

Hakata Doll "Biken Kogeisha"
Field:
Hakata Doll
Location:
Fukuoka

World-Class Hakata Beauty

Hakata dolls have a history dating back about 400 years. We are an established shop with more than 70 years of history. Earnestly protecting traditional techniques, we have further worked on our skills and mind to develop unique and highly artistic dolls. Their elegance has been highly acclaimed among the various arts and crafts both in Japan as well as overseas. We hope that you will enjoy the beauty of our dolls as well as appreciate the high skills of our craftsmen who create them with passion.
Hakata Doll "Biken Kogeisha"

Beautiful Lady "Fumi"

"Bijin Mono" ("Beautiful Lady") is a popular genre of Hakata dolls. One such Bijin doll design, "Fumi" is popular around the world as a doll that expresses the simple beauty of a Japanese lady, especially the internal pure love that is presented using the entire body. This doll was created from a model made by Usao Ota, a craftsman who has won many awards including the Prime Minister Award and is especially known for Bijin Mono and Kabuki-themed dolls.
Hakata Doll "Biken Kogeisha"

Akitoshi Matsuoh

Artist
Akitoshi Matsuoh
Born in Hakata in February 1934. After becoming independent as an artist in 1958, Mr. Matsuo has been involved in the manufacture, wholesale and retail of Hakata dolls as the representative of Biken Kogeisha, Ltd. He has contributed to making the beauty of Hakata dolls well known not just within his prefecture but also in the Kanto and Kansai regions of Japan. He is especially well known for "Bijin Mono" ("Beautiful Lady") and "Warabe Mono" ("Children") themed dolls. His works have been displayed in numerous exhibitions and shows and has won many awards. Mr. Matsuo has been contributing to the development of the Hakata doll industry as vice director of the Hakata Doll Trade Union.
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