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Michael Fiorella
Tokyo, Japan
● Japan Expert ● Art Dealer ● Marketing consultant ● Curator of The Spark Galleries, a syndicate of online shops selling art, antiques and home accessories.
Interests: Marketing, Japan, Modern Art. Abstract Art. Japanese kokeshi dolls, Japanese antiques, market trends in Japan, Japanese consumers, Japan market entry strategy, Japanese language, TaiChi, Zen, world travel, world cuisine, movies, TV, books.
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This group of delightful and rustic vintage kokeshi doll is by award-winning artist Sanpei Yamanaka, one of the pioneers of Japan's sosaku (kindai) kokeshi movement. Yamanaka is known for folksy designs and these are great examples. Buy them at JapaneseKokeshiDolls on Etsy Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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This handmade vintage kokeshi doll he has a wonderfully peaceful expression on her face! She was carefully handmade by sosaku kokeshi master Muhitsu Miyajima and the woodgrain on this doll is FABULOUS. She has a strong sculptural feel! You can buy her at https://www.etsy.com/listing/693952297/wow-large-vintage-kokeshi-doll-by-award Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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These handmade vintage kokeshi dolls from the 1950s or early 60s a are crafted in the style of Heian Era royalty. They are so carefully painted and delicate! And check out their fabulous pointed hairstyles!!! A perfect pair of Japanese kokeshi dolls to add to your collection! These dolls available... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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This vintage Japanese Kokeshi Dolls is gorgeous. One look and you'll see that her amazing silhouette and expertly painted kimono could only be done by an expert kokeshi doll artisan. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this doll!!! Buy her here Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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Within the world of traditional kokeshi, some artisans have been "breaking the mold" and therefore aren't officially classified as "dento" kokeshi artisans. This group is often referred to as "Shin-gata" or "new style," and their designs reflect a fusion of traditional and creative kokeshi styles. This purple doll with big... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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This RARE and wonderful handmade Japanese kokeshi doll was crafted by award-winning sosaku kokeshi artist Harumine "Seiho" Aida. Made in the 1950s or 1960s, this vintage kokeshi has an amazing expression. We absolutely ADORE her!! Aida was an important artist during the golden age of modern kokeshi making. He won... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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SUMMARY TYPE: Sosaku (creative kokeshi) / Kindai (modern kokeshi) SUB-CATEGORIES: rare kokeshi, kokeshi by famous artisans, woodgrain kokeshi, sleepy kokeshi ARTIST: Masao Watanabe SIGNATURE: the base of doll bears artist's hand-written signature HEIGHT (approx.): 20 cm (8 inches) CONDITION: very fine ++. A few typical signs of age (light fading,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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This FABULOUS sosaku kokeshi doll by Masao Watanabe won an award at the Japan National Kokeshi Competition in the early 1960s. Buy it here: https://etsy.me/2O3b52C Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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OMG!!!! This RARE vintage kokeshi is gorgeous and in PERFECT condition!!! Buy her here: https://etsy.me/31YT9hV This beautiful sosaku/kindai kokeshi doll was handmade by Chiyomatsu Kanno, a renowned kokeshi master and winner of multiple awards at the All Japan Kokeshi Competition. This is a fabulous doll exquisitely carved and delicately hand-painted.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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Don't these Naruko style dento kokeshi dolls look a lot alike? It's because they're both made by veteran kokeshi artisan Isao Honda. Check out the tiny differences in their mouths; it's as if each one is contemplating something serious! So cute! Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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This AMAZING vintage Japanese kokeshi doll is by master kokeshi doll artisan Sozan Shido. So svelte, so shapely, this handmade wood doll is also very tall (39 cm). Talk about pure elegance! Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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Here's a group of SIX beautiful traditional kokeshi dolls (aka "dento kokeshi"). The largest doll is over 30 cm tall (about 1 foot) and the smallest is about 18 cm (7 inches). What a gorgeous holiday scene they would make if displayed with a Christmas tree or on Valentine's Day!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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Isn't she sweet! This adorable vintage Japanese kokeshi doll (the doll on the left) was created by one of Japan's great modern kokeshi artisans, Toa Sekiguchi. We love her sleepy expression and rosy cheeks! A wonderful example of creative (sosaku) kokeshi artistry. A rare doll for kokeshi collectors and lovers... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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A wonderful group of three traditional vintage Japanese kokeshi dolls ("dento kokeshi", hand painted with delightful expressions and gorgeous multi-colored "hats" and kimonos. These dolls are from the 1970s and 1980s (the base of the first doll bears a date, "1 50" which translates to "Showa 50, month 1", aka... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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This beautiful vintage Japanese kokeshi doll has gorgeous woodgrain, big eyes and a delightful mouth. In store now: goo.gl/t6I4Su Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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Examples of street photography and portraits by Mike (Michael) Fiorella. To discuss purchasing original prints, or to request custom work, please click on the "Contact Me" button at the top of this website. To see more examples of Mike's work, visit his Instagram feed @eyemayso. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Eye May So
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Examples of candid street portraits by Mike (Michael) Fiorella. To discuss purchasing original prints, or to request custom work, please click on the "Contact Me" button at the top of this website. To see more examples of Mike's work, visit his Instagram feed @eyemayso. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Eye May So
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Examples of original works by Mike (Michael) Fiorella. To see more, visit his online shop. Click anywhere on the artwork below Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Eye May So
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Examples of original works by Mike (Michael) Fiorella. To see more, visit his online shop. Click anywhere on the artwork below Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Eye May So
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We love this stylish and elegant Japanese kokeshi doll from the 1960s. She looks like royalty from "The Tale of Genji," but sculpted with a delicate mid-century modern eye. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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This rather unusual vintage kokeshi doll was made in 1969. We love her sleepy eyes, "kappa" hairstyle and a powder blue kimono. The hand-carved detailing is wonderful. Available on our Etsy site. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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This beautiful vintage Japanese kokeshi doll was hand-turned and hand painted by renowned kokeshi artist Sansaku Sekiguchi. With peaceful eyes and a sweet mouth, this lovely ningyo (doll) has a "kappa" hairstyle and a brown kimono with floral geometric pattern. Hand signed by the artist. A beautiful vintage kokeshi! Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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This beautiful and rare vintage sosaku kokeshi doll is over a foot tall (33 cm). beautifully made. This lovely woodgrain kokeshi has an adorable expression and a unique silhouette.Signed by hand on the base by the artisan who made her. A notation indicates that the previous owner acquired the doll... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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New in our Etsy store. An elegant woodgrain kokeshi doll with long hair and a rich red-brown kimono and gorgeous hand carved floral detail. Handmade by artist Hajime Miyashita, this vintage kokeshi doll won a design award from the Japanese government. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog
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These three vintage Japanese kokeshi dolls were made in the 1960s. Brimming with personality, they were made by "sosaku" kokeshi artisans who were mavericks in kokeshi doll design. Rare! Available in our online store now: goo.gl/t6I4Su Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at JapaneseKokeshiDolls.com Blog