Tsugaru Traditional Crafts Museum

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Tsugaru Traditional Crafts Museum

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Andrew1234
Doylestown, PA563 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
Visiting Kuroishi for a nearby mid-summer crafts fair, I enjoyed stopping at the town's kokeshi museum and shopping arcade. The kokeshi shop offered a choice of several hundred different artisan-made forms and figures, some of which seemed inspired and special.

On the next level up from the ground-floor kokeshi store beckoned a few restaurants, a foot onsen, and other crafts shops. One store featured handmade sembe crackers with different kinds of nuts (peanuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios) and was particularly appealing. It reminded me of similar shops in nearby Hirosaki.
Written July 19, 2015
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CathCPerth
Yokohama, Japan262 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
During a recent trip to Hirosaki, we spend the afternoon visiting the Tsugaru Traditional Crafts Museum in Kurioshi, Aomori. The main feature of this museum is the creation and display of kokeshi dolls of all shapes and sizes. Kokeshi dolls are traditional Japanese dolls made from wood and painted with various designs. They originated some 200 plus years ago in the Tohoku region and today, many people like to collect them. At this centre, you can purchase the widest selection of kokeshi dolls I have ever seen. For about 300 yen, you can also see the museum upstairs with its extensive display of kokeshi dolls. There would have been several thousands of dolls of different designs and sizes in the museum alone. There is also a craftsman on site making and painting kokeshi dolls which is fascinating to watch. For an additional fee of around 1000 yen, you can paint your own basic kokeshi doll. The first floor also houses one of the biggest wooden kokeshi dolls I have ever seen. There are also lots of kokeshi shaped paper floor and ceiling lanterns.

The museum is about 35km out of Hirosaki. You can catch a bus there from the train station. The museum is located near a river and bridge which in itself is very picturesque. Next to the museum is a shopping area in traditional style wooden buildings which sell a mix of traditional Japanese crafts and Japanese foods and sweets including apple flavored ice cream since the area is famous for its apples. There is also a small outdoor but undercover footbath area where you can sit and bathe your tired feet after a busy day of sightseeing.

Whilst the array of kokeshi dolls is extensive, they are not cheap! I tend to buy buy my dolls from flea markets held around Tokyo on the weekends where you can pick up dolls for significantly lower prices.
Written August 14, 2014
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SnowedAddy
Aomori, Japan22 contributions
Feb 2017 • Family
Visited the Traditional Crafts Museum in the winter with my family.
There are many hands-on crafts experiences offered in different shops. Our kids (8 and 4 yrs old) tried Kokeshi doll painting experience in the Kokeshi-kan, which is located right next to the crafts museum, and we all had so much fun! The staff including an actual Kokeshi craftsman were very friendly and instructive.
Written May 20, 2017
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a_llb
San Antonio, TX237 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
Spent a morning here in late August - it was sweltering but this was a great place nonetheless! We participated in a workshop to paint our own kokeshi dolls, it was a lot of fun. The instructor told us a bit about the different traditional designs and then we painted our dolls however we chose. My two-year-old daughter was upset that she couldn't paint her own doll, I think the age limit was 4? In any case, the workshop was relatively short so she cheered up when we got walking again. We strolled among the cute souvenir shops which contained so many beautifully handcrafted goods! There were even some areas where you could watch the items being made. We settled into one of the on-site restaurants for a leisurely lunch, with standard but yummy Japanese fare - ebi tempura and curry. After eating we dipped our toes in the foot onsen that flows through the outdoor area but it was much too hot to be enjoyable this time of year, to my daughter's disappointment. We cooled off again in the shade with the best cone of apple ice cream I have ever had! Aomori Prefecture rightly deserves it's fame for apples. I wanted to buy all the souvenirs I saw... beautiful kokeshi dolls, hand carved wooden puzzles and children's toys, so much more - but we finally selected some fresh baked pistachio nanbu senbei crackers to bring home. Overall this was a great, mellow family activity, one of my favorite daytrips in Aomori!
Written December 26, 2012
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strafals
Bonita Springs, FL115 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
The painted floats that they carry in festivals were incredible to see, and they surround you in the first room, where traditional drumming takes place. There is a demonstration, and volunteers are asked to play with them - and I did, and it was fantastic. I'm a 67 year old woman, and drumming is not my game, but it was very exciting. Then, there are a series of rooms with craftsmen making the famous paper goldfish, spinning tops, lutes, banners and such. You exit by a koi pond and near an Aomori apple stand. I had never heard of these before, and they were mind-boggling delicious! Do not miss, because they don't export them, they keep these incredibly crunchy and juicy apples to themselves.
Written May 28, 2016
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Risa S
Dumas, TX19 contributions
I loved all of the beautiful treasures made in these wonderful art shops. Many different items are known for only being made in this area. I wanted to buy so many unique items so beautifully made. Knowing my mom has old family pieces I refrained from buying~! I did pick up a few gifts. I had to buy another suitcase to put all of a months worth of purchases~!
Written February 21, 2013
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