This beautiful story shares the possible origin of the kokeshi doll, one of the oldest forms of Japanese folklore. It features Kana-chan, a brave girl from the earthquake-prone land of Northern Japan.
The Little Kokeshi Doll from Fukushima features Kana-chan, a brave, clever girl who works at a hot springs in Fukushima. One day the village is struck by a huge earthquake, and because of the heroism of Kana-chan, the kokeshi doll is born. This is a beautiful story of the harmony of people, nature, traditional craftsmanship, and survival. To create this folktale, author/illustrator Sunny Seki conducted extensive research, and then visited the Tohoku region of Japan to interview artisans and museum curators. Written in bilingual English/Japanese, The Little Kokeshi Doll from Fukushima is valuable to multicultural families, as well as people who want to improve their reading and writing of Japanese.
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