Kokeshi dolls, the cylindrical wooden dolls without hands first made in Tohoku, the northeastern region of the island of Honshu, are one of the most recognizable images of classic Japanese culture. Nobody knows when they were first made but they are certainly a couple or three centuries old. What is certain is that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Mascot Kokeshi Doll is the first time one of them has become a symbol of the biggest sports event for people with disabilities!
Handmade using the traditional techniques and material, kokeshi artisans have made the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Mascot Kokeshi Doll look and feel like a regular kokeshi doll but also unique. The theme is based on Someity, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics mascot, with its cute looks and pink and white checkered body. Being part of the official Olympic and Paralympic Games merchandise, the kokeshi sports the Tokyo 2020 legend, the Paralympic Games logo, and the five Olympic rings. A unique mix of a traditional shape with a modern design, this is a great memento of the first Japan Summer Paralympics!
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Mascot Kokeshi Doll features: