We are walking around Fairview- Regalado Avenue in Quezon City a couple of weeks ago together with some of my friends who collects kokeshi wooden dolls. I accompanied them into one of the Japanese surplus stores after a small eyeball at the nearby SM Fairview- ( Lagro) .
While shopping for some surplus items from Japan. We spotted an interesting Japanese wooden kokeshi doll which depicted the famous Japanese folk hero Shimizu no Jirocho.
miniature samurai ningyo kokeshi doll about 2.1 inches tall
This is quite small about height: 2.1 inches (5.4 centimeters) weight: 0.2 ounces (7 grams)and was just lying in on the floor. The seller thought it was something else.
It was rather good condition with marks and scratches from handling and discoloration and stains from age and display.
We suspect that this wooden item was probably created in the late 1980’s. The wood is still in almost perfect condition.
Initially, the store clerk ( tindera) wanted Php 20.00 for a small item, We managed to haggle the item down to a more manageable price of just Php 10.00. She told us ” It was a rare find”.
We told her that it was also rare to see small item lying on the floor.
My friends bought a lot of plates, bowl sets, some kokeshi dolls. The store clerk persuaded to add some interesting freebies, after the short haggle.
Since my friend is not interested in samurai kokeshi item. This wooden figurine was given to me as a small token for accompanying them.
I also bought some cups and bowl set at the store for personal use and for potting some succulents. This was indeed a wonderful find.