Interesting Shell Kokeshi Dolls

Kokeshi doll is another art form which is found in Japan. These are commonly sold at the tourist market are the creative styles which flourish right after the second world war.

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shell , wood are the medium used in this kokeshi

Omiyage Type

These are not the traditional styles nor creative style of kokeshi, but these types are considered  for the tourist market or (omiyage) type. Some experts do not accept that these are kokeshi. Most made from wood among other items like sea shells, plastics, fabrics which are less expensive alternative.

These omiyage types reach their popularity between 1960’s to mid-1980’s. These souvenir toys often have the name of the  tourist site (onsen) printed or written on them. Some may have the date, purchaser’s name, or location of purchase written on the bottom. Some Japanese treasured these toys, and displayed them in a small glass case. Omiyage are very collectible in Japan.

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shell kokeshi ( collection of Ms. Angelita Chua) – This used 4 kinds of sea shells

Sea shell which is commonly seen in coastal areas were also used in making of Kokeshi dolls, These are very popular souvenir items sold and caters to younger collectors.

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Collector

Ms. Angelita Chua is a kokeshi collector from San Jose del Monte , Bulacan . She started to collect quirky objects like kokeshi dolls way back in 2010. She would focus on the creative styles.

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pair of kokeshi doll used 2 kinds of sea shells

She have seen a lot of kokeshi dolls made from shells and nuts but most of them are in poor conditions. Some have missing shells , broken shells or missing parts.

Any information with regards to the origin of these kokeshi dolls made from shells will be highly appreciated.

Note: Due to lack of time , only few kokeshi dolls were featured. All photos are taken by the author with the permission of Ms. Angelita Chua.

 

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Ferrari Racing Car F12 2012 exhibit

SM, North EDSA – The Block, Quezon City, Philippines

Shell Philippines in cooperation with SM chain of mall had a roving exhibit of Ferrari racing car 2012 model. The car is said to be worth millions of pesos and was brought to the country from England. According to the event organizer, the  car engine is missing, maybe the car is just for exhibition purposes. The exhibit was highly successful when the roving exhibit was open last week at the  SM Mega Mall in Mandaluyong ,   with several vip’s from Shell and SM Super mall were on hand to open the exhibit.

In the Philippines, there are countless of race car enthusiast and Ferrari car die cast toy collectors.

Ferrari racing car enthusiast gather and admire ( viewed from the second floor )

The Ferrari racing car exhibit was held  from June 15 to 17 at SM Mega Mall in Mandaluyong City and from June 22, 23 and 24 in SM North EDSA. The roving exhibit is schedule to tour in various SM malls in Metro Manila.

For more information :

Shell Philippines : http://www.shell.com.ph/

Ferrari : http://www.ferrari.com/english/pages/home.aspx