About the Exhibition


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Take a fresh look at the traditional and iconic Japanese kokeshi folk toy by exploring its origins and history, as well as what contemporary artists are producing in homage to this humble object. A special display of custom painted kokeshi is also featured—and available for sale at the Museum Store—by over 100 well-known international contemporary artists.


This exhibition presented in collaboration with

Los Angeles Toy, Doll and Amusements Museum


This exhibition is sponsored in part by Daruma Asset Management, UCLA Paul I. & Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, and Aratani Foundation.


Media Sponsors: KSCI-TV LA 18 The Rafu Shimpo

Reception Sponsors: Kirin Hakatsuru Sake