Thursday, 19 July 2018


Thanks to everyone who dropped by my Daiwa Foundaition event! It is very much appreciated, and thank you to Daiwa as always, it was an honor and pleasure to be there. 

The SWAY GALLERY pop up has started, and will go for another two weeks, please drop by if you are in London, it looks fantastic! Thank you to SWAY for having me!

They have kindly arranged for everyone to pick up the kokeshi after the exhibition closes, so everyone can enjoy the entire show for the full two weeks. 

Over one hundred kokeshi (ranging from traditional, neo-traditional to creative/ contemporary),  folk craft, folk toys and my books. It is a rare chance to see many of these exquisite and quirky works outside of Tohoku hot spring villages. 

Monday, 16 July 2018


Im having a pop up at SWAY GALLERY LONDON! 
please drop by if you are in the area xxx
【19th – 31st July 2018】
Pop-up shop, talk and exhibition by Manami Okazaki, the author of
Kokeshi, from Tohoku with Love.
Kokeshi are traditional wooden dolls that are predominantly made in rural hotspring villages in the Tohoku region. Originally a children’s toy made by farmers, these simple and charming folktoys have captured the hearts of collectors around the world.
More than 100 kokeshi will be available, from traditional,
orthodox types to kawaii, modern varieties. A rare
opportunity to purchase new kokeshi by master
artisans in the Tohoku region.
Meet the author:
Sway Gallery (in store) 19th and 28th July all day.
Looking forward to seeing you here!
Opening hours: MON – FRI 11am – 7pm
SAT (21st and 28th July only) 12pm – 6pm
Sunday closed

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Daiwa London

Doing a talk/ mini exhibition of kokeshi at Daiwa Foundation in London.
This is a rare chance to see genuine, new kokeshi from living artisans from Tohoku in London!
If you are interested, please contact them directly!
Hope to see you there xxxx

Tuesday 17 July 2018
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Drinks reception: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent's Park), London NW1 4QP
Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation