Kokeshi dolls began during the Edo Period of Japan, and were created to keep woodworker's hands warm and busy during the winter months, said to first be sold to hot spring visitors in the Tohoku region of Japan. The dolls were believed to be a promise of a good harvest, and serve as guardians to the children. The dolls would watch over the children as they grew into adulthood, protecting them from harm, and once they finally came of age, they would conduct a ritual burning of the figures.
Today Kokeshi are generally bought as mementos, to sometimes be exchanged as tokens of friendship, with messages occasionally concealed within. A Kokeshi doll, therefore, is considered a lucky charm and is often bought with the belief that they will protect a home against evil and fire.
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