Yoshihiro Okamoto

OKAIMONO/ Artisans, Kokeshi Dolls, Lifestyle

The eldest son of the second generation Usaburo. Born in Shibukawa City, Gunma Prefecture in 1972. Studied under the first Usaburo from the age of 20.

While respecting the grain and texture of wood, he brings a new twist to kokeshi crafts with a dynamic aesthetic that goes beyond preconceived ideas.

– the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for “Blue storm” at National Modern Kokeshi Exhibition in 2002
– the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award for “Sleeping Mountain” at Gunma Kokeshi Contest in 2003
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