Treat Yourself and Let me Gift Wrap for you! December 10 2014, 0 Comments
Don't forget the gift wrap. For Christmas I use a beautiful cranberry color paper and wire edged green ribbon. (My 2 favorite colors, of course!) Also includes a card. Please email me the message for the card, otherwise I to a To: and a From:
All that for only $5
It feels like Santa's workshop around here at Kokeshi headquarters and I love it!
So, don't forget the gift wrap
My Customers in Japan December 08 2014, 0 Comments
If you live in Japan and want to order either the 3-pc or 9-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set we can make that work!
My business partner Naomi lives in Tokyo. She has the 3-pc & 9-pc in stock and can ship to you in country. To place your order, please email me and I will help facilitate your order. Shipping will be much less too as we will use a local carrier such as Black Cat.
3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set Shipping Delay December 07 2014, 0 CommentsAnother short delay on shipping. The sets are coming and I'm hopeful will be here by December 15. Thank you for your patience.
Kokeshi Designs is now offering Japanese Vintage Obi December 03 2014, 0 Comments
I am now offering one of a kind, Japanese Vintage Obi at reasonable prices. An Obi is traditionally worn by Japanese women over their kimono. Because the kimono has no fasteners of any kind, the Obi is the only thing that keeps the kimono closed and in place.
The fabrics and designs of obi are beautiful. I fell in love with them when I was living in Japan. For the website, I have chosen obi in colors and styles that I have found easiest to use in my own home. I use my many Obi for table runners and as display for Kokeshi dolls and other decorating items. I always display on obi on my entry way table and change is to match the season.
Remember, these are vintage, and if there are any flaws or stains I will do my best to mention it in the description of each obi. As with all my products, if you are not completely satisfied, you can return it for a full refund minus the shipping. I will be adding additional information in the coming weeks on how to tie an obi for display as well as information on the different types of Obi. They are beautiful and unique.
I love them and I know you will too!
Cyber Monday December 01 2014, 0 Comments
Thank you to my customers around the world! It was a great Cyber Monday for Kokeshi Designs.
Just a reminder on international shipping. In order to ensure delivery by December 25, please place your order by December 3 or 4.
3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Sets are coming, I promise. I'll have them on the website the moment they arrive. If I have emailed with you, I'll send you a notice that they are here.
3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set November 27 2014, 0 Comments
I just spoke to Naomi, my business partner, who is in Tokyo, Japan. The 3-pc sets will ship on Monday and should be ready to order by next weekend. I thought they would be here by now, but there was a slight problem with shipping. Thank you for your patience.
The 2-pc sets are out of stock and won't be available until Jan. They sold out so quickly! I will know to order more quantity next holiday season. The 2-pc set however is part of the 8-pc set and in addition to the Holy Family also includes a shepherd, sheep and 3 wiremen. It's beautiful.
Thank you for your business. I always appreciate your email with your comments. Please contact me anytime.
Happy Thanksgiving November 27 2014, 0 Comments
To all of my customers who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful day!
Thank you for your business. I sincerely appreciate each one of you!
3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Sets November 16 2014, 0 Comments
They are on their way. Should be here by next weekend.
November 14 & 15- November 11 2014, 0 Comments
I'll be in Salt Lake City at the Sandy Expo Center this coming weekend. In addition to all my beautiful kokeshi dolls, including the Kokeshi Nativity Sets, I will also be featuring Japanese Obi. The Obi or sash acts as a "belt" to keep the kimono in place at the waist. In Western design the obi is used in home design. I've used my Japanese obi as table runners, decorative bows for vases and also to display my kokeshi dolls. The colors and designs of Japanese Obi vary. I've been able to acquire some beautiful obi. You can see them in person this weekend. I'll be at Booth 247. See you there!!
Also, if there is a specific doll you would like me to bring, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Salt Lake Family Christmas Gift Show November 04 2014, 0 Comments
Kokeshi Designs will be there! Just got a call today that there was an open booth and we got it. Yipee!!
Date: November 14 & 15 at the Sandy Expo Center. I'll be in Booth 247. Please come and see my selection of kokeshi dolls including several new dolls! I'll also bring all of my Kokeshi Nativity Sets.
Can't wait to see all of my customers!
9-pc Nativity sets are here!! September 25 2014, 0 CommentsOur shipment of 9-pc Nativity Sets has arrived! Our other kokeshi dolls should be here soon. We love our dolls!
9-pc Nativity Sets are coming for Christmas September 25 2014, 0 Comments
We just received notification of a shipment in bound. Our 9-pc sets should be here soon! Please check back with us next week. Or email me at email@example.com and I will reserve a set for you.
Our Shipment is coming September 20 2014, 0 Comments
We am getting a lot of inquiries about dolls that are currently out of stock. We hope to receive our shipment sometime next week and will get the website updated as soon as possible. Our beautiful kokeshi dolls at our reasonable prices are worth waiting for! We appreciate your patience! Thank you for your business.
Updated Shipping Options - UPS and USPS Real Time Rates August 05 2014, 0 Comments
Hello everybody! We've just implemented some exciting new shipping options on our checkout pages. When you check out, you will now be able to choose either UPS or USPS as a option based on your preferences. If you run into a problem while checking out where the shipping rates seem to be disproportionately large please send us an email and we will verify with the carrier. As always thanks for visiting Kokeshi Designs and have a wonderful day!
Kokeshi Designs at Utah's Nihon Matsuri May 21 2014, 0 Comments
Thank you to everyone who came out in the cold / rainy weather and visited our booth this year. We love seeing old friends and making new ones. It rained almost all day, but people seemed to really enjoy this awesome annual Japanese cultural celebration. We even waited in the Ramen line to warm up. The Japanese heritage in Utah is very interesting and inspiring.
Also, please enjoy this short video of the big day. Thanks again and see you next year.
Salt Lake City Nihon Matsuri April 14 2014, 0 Comments
Join us on April 26 in Salt Lake City for the Nihon Matsuri festival. The festival is held downtown on Japan Street from 10 am to 5 pm. We will have a great selection of Kokeshi dolls, including our Cherry Blossom kokeshi dolls.
See you there!
Your Favorites are Back! January 04 2014, 0 CommentsWouldn't you know it? I received a shipment of dolls, after Christmas!! Many of your favorite dolls are back in stock.
Merry Christmas! December 24 2013, 1 Comment
Merry Christmas to all of my wonderful customers around the world. I wish you and your families the brightest of holidays and a Happy New Year!
Thank you for your business!
Kokeshi angel December 18 2013, 0 Comments
We have always sold our kokeshi angels as a set. Many of you have told me that you would like to buy just 1 angel. Done!
Our littlest angels are now available to purchase individually, and as a Christmas special, I have lowered the price to $15.00! They won't last long at that price, so order soon.
2014 December 18 2013, 0 Comments
I have some exciting things planned for the website in 2014. A new look, more shipping choices, new kokeshi dolls and much more. I will be adding a new category of vintage one of a kind Japanese items for sale. I'm very excited about the items I have for sale.
The one thing that will not change is my customer service. I treat each of my customers as I would want to be treated. I expect quality in a product I purchase and I guarantee that on my website as well.
I love kokeshi dolls and I look for the highest quality products available in Japan. ALL of our kokeshi dolls are made in Japan. They are solid wood, hand crafted and hand painted. I personally know and support the artists in Japan who make these beautiful dolls. They are talented men and women who love the craft of Kokeshi.
Visit the website again in the new year and expect to be happy!
Nativity pieces December 18 2013, 0 Comments
Wow, I had no idea how popular the separate nativity kokeshi dolls would be! Many of you have ordered the 3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set and then added one or more of the other pieces to your set. We are currently sold out of the 3 Wisemen and the angel. I think I have one sheep and shepherd set left.
I am looking into obtaining more of the separates. I'll keep you posted.
Holiday shipping December 18 2013, 0 Comments
Thank you for your orders! I am trying to ship within 24 hours so that your package has the best chance to reach you by December 25.
Don't forget to add gift wrap for only $5.00. Be sure to include gift wrap in the cart. If you would like a personal message, please email your order number and message to firstname.lastname@example.org I'll be sure to include it with your gift.
The gift wrap is a high quality burgundy gift wrap with a green ribbon as well as a gift tag. It's pretty! I don't have a picture on the website and no time to do that right now, but it is really lovely.
A kokeshi doll is a beautiful, unique gift to give to family and friends.
Thank you for your business. Enjoy our kokeshi dolls!
Nativity Sets December 04 2013, 2 Comments
We just received a shipment of our 3-pc and 9-pc Kokeshi Nativity Sets and they are selling quickly!
The separates are also selling fast. We only have a few angels and wise men sets left so please order now if you want any of the separates.
Thank you for your business. Naomi and I appreciate all of our customers around the world.
Nativity dolls sold separately October 21 2013, 0 Comments
We have a limited number of extra Nativity dolls and so for the first time ever, we are selling them as separates. If you would like any extra pieces to add to our Nativity sets, now is the time.
Thank you for your interest in our kokeshi dolls. We certainly appreciate your business.
Thank you Salt Lake City! April 27 2013, 0 Comments
I had a great time today in Salt Lake City, Utah, attending the Nihon Matsuri Festival. Thank you to all of my wonderful customers who purchased kokeshi dolls. I appreciate your business and know that you will enjoy your kokeshi dolls. It was great to see so many returning customers too. I always enjoy hearing how much you enjoy the dolls you have purchased from me. I also met some people who knew people that I know in Japan! Does that make sense?? It really is a small world.
I am low on stock on the website right now. I'm in the process of ordering dolls now, and hope to be adding some new additions to the current online collection. I should be stocked within a month or so. So, if you don't see what you want, please let me know and when our shipment arrives, I'll hold the doll you want and send you an email.
Thanks again Salt Lake City. You are awesome!
Salt Lake City, Utah Nihon Matsuri April 24 2013, 1 Comment
We will be in Salt Lake City this Saturday, April 27. Come by and visit us!
Merry Christmas December 25 2012, 1 Comment
To all of our wonderful customers around the world, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season with friends and family.
Thank you for your business!
Sharon and Naomi
It's Almost Christmas December 17 2012, 0 Comments
Christmas is almost here! I can't believe how fast the month has flown by. To our customers in the United States, this Thursday December 20, is the last day for priority mail shipping that is supposed to arrive in time for Christmas. At least that is what my friends at the Post Office are telling me. I'm shipping everyday to make sure that you have your beautiful kokeshi dolls in time for Christmas. But, please don't wait until Thursday to order. Do it today and by tomorrow your doll will be on the way to you!
Thank you for your business. I appreciate it!
Discontinued Kokeshi dolls December 14 2012, 0 Comments
Just to let you that know that a few of our kokeshi dolls are being discontinued by the artist. If you ever thought you wanted one of the following adorable kokeshi dolls, now is the time to order. When we learned they would be discontinued, we bought all we could find but our stock is limited.
Hatsumago, U-2-39, Mother and child, U-132XL, Wish Upon a Star, U-9-16, Oshin, Mother and child, Warabe U-2-2. The dolls can be found in the Girls Category and Mother and Children Category.
Customers in Japan December 14 2012, 0 Comments
We typically have the 3-pc and 9-pc Kokeshi Nativity Sets in stock in Japan and are able to ship within Japan using the Japan post. Unfortunately, the website doesn't know that and when you try to order and use your Japan address, the website automatically charges you international shipping rates. We don't like that and we know you don't either! So, we handle it two ways: if you do order from the website, we will refund a portion of your shipping fees. OR~ you can send us a note on the contact us and we will personally help you with your order. It works, we do it all the time. That way you can receive a beautiful 3-pc or 9-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set and pay a minimal Japan post shipping charge.
We appreciate your business and want you to have a great shopping experience with Kokeshi Designs. We are shoppers too and know how important customer service is to us. If you have any questions, or need help just let us know. Thanks!
It's a jungle out there December 10 2012, 0 Comments
I did some Christmas shopping in town today. It was crazy time. The traffic, finding a parking place, obtaining a shopping cart, trying to make my way through the crowds of people and on and on. It reminded me why I am an online shopper. I can shop anytime I want to, including late at night in my PJ's! Online is my shopping experience of choice.
I love our Kokeshi dolls. They are Japanese art, a handcrafted piece of art. They are authentic, made in Japan by talented artists with a love for their craft. The dolls are significant with themes relating to children, holidays, nature, families and so on. They are unique and really beautiful. They make a wonderful gift and.......you can buy them from the comfort of your home. For a small fee we even gift wrap. It doesn't get any better than that!
I'm choosing them as gifts for my own family. Hope they aren't reading my blog. ;)
Take care and enjoy the season.
3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Sets are here!! December 05 2012, 0 Comments
The boxes came today and the 3-pc sets are on the website ready to purchase.
We also received the lacquer doll, Yuzuru. It is one of my favorites. Two flying cranes in front of a beautiful moon. The cranes represent good luck and happiness. You can see the lacquer Yuzuru doll in the Lacquer catagory.
American School in Japan (ASIJ) December 04 2012, 0 Comments
Kokeshi Designs will be at the American School in Japan this Saturday, December 8 for their annual Christmas bazaar. I have a fond spot in my heart for ASIJ. My three children attended ASIJ when we lived in Tokyo. So, come by and see us. We'll have the Kokeshi Nativity Sets available as well as much more. See you there!
3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set December 04 2012, 1 Comment
We received our shipment of 3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Sets 3 weeks ago and are sold out! Wow, thank you so much.
To all of my customers who have been emailing me the past few days concerned that they might have waited to long to order, it is not to late. Another shipment of the sets is due tomorrow, December 5. I'll get them on the website as soon as they arrive. If you have contacted me, I'll have a set put aside with your name on it.
I am so excited for all the people who will be receiving a Kokeshi Nativity Set this Christmas. I so enjoy hearing from all of you about your experiences living in Japan, traveling to Japan, and nativity collectors who are so happy to have found Kokeshi Designs and the Japanese Nativity. It's the best! I love kokeshi dolls and sharing these beautiful works of art with my customers around the world is a joy for me.
So, check back with me in the next few days to order your 3-pc set.
Take care, enjoy the season.
Another box has arrived! November 21 2012, 0 Comments
We got our second shipment and the dolls are on the site and ready to purchase. Many of your favorites are now available.
Be sure to check out our Pre-Christmas sale on most of our Christmas dolls. We are getting a jump start on Black Friday!
Our first shipment has arrived, finally! November 12 2012, 0 Comments
We got our first shipment of dolls in last week. They are on the website now. We are expecting our next shipment next week so if your favorite isn't available yet, it should be by next week. Thank you for your patience.
Kokeshi dolls are a work of art and make a wonderful gift. Please be sure to order early for the best selection.
Thank you for your business and the wonderful emails I receive about how much you love your dolls. I enjoy hearing from you!
Thank you Salt Lake City! November 12 2012, 2 Comments
It looked like Christmas in Salt Lake City this past weekend. Wow! What a snowstorm. Despite the weather we had a great turnout for the show. Thank you to all of our customers who come each year to visit our booth at the show. We love talking to you and showing you the latest additions to our collection.
We will see you again in April for the Nihon Matsuri Festival in downtown Salt Lake.
Salt Lake City, Utah Family Christmas Gift Show November 08 2012, 1 Comment
It starts tomorrow! Kokeshi Designs will be selling our beautiful dolls at the Family Christmas Gift Show at the Expo Center in Sandy, Utah.
Come and see our kokeshi dolls! We are at booth 346. Come in the main doors and walk straight down the aisle. We are at the end on the right. We will be there Friday and Saturday! See you there.
Kokeshi dolls are on the way! October 27 2012, 1 Comment
Our kokeshi dolls are all hand crafted, hand painted and they all come from Japan. They are made by kokeshi artists who are dear friends of ours. We know them and their families well. The artists are so happy to be able to share their craft with people around the world through our website, Kokeshi Designs. We are happy to facilitate their dream. Many of the dolls, including the Nativity Sets are made exclusively for Kokeshi Designs.
With such an interest in our website and our dolls from our customers around the world, it has been a challenge for us to keep all of our dolls in stock. We are working on that and will do better in the coming year. Thank you so much for your business! We appreciate you very much. The quality of our dolls is beautiful. We will always provide you with an exceptional product and fantastic customer service. We are shoppers too and we know what we expect from a company.
We know many of you are waiting for your favorite doll to purchase for the holidays. They are on the way! We should have everything on the website within the next 2 weeks. If you have contacted me about the 3-pc sets, please know that I will put a set aside for you and contact you personally when they arrive.
Again, thank you for your business. Kokeshi Designs started because I love and collected kokeshi dolls during my many years in Japan. My passion for these beautiful dolls continues and motivates me to help my many customers around the world enjoy the beautiful craft of Japanese Kokeshi dolls.
Yokota AFB Bazaar October 14 2012, 0 Comments
Kokeshi Designs LLC will be at the Yokota, Japan bazaar on October 20-21. If you live in the area, stop by and say hello! We will have our Kokeshi Nativity Sets, Kokeshi ornaments and much more. Come by and see us!
Kokeshi Christmas ornaments October 08 2012, 0 Comments
We are doing our best to restock all of our Kokeshi Christmans ornaments, however it looks as though we will not be able to get any more Samurai or Ninja, maybe ever. EEks! If you ever thought you wanted one of these adorable little ornaments, now is the time to order them before they are all gone! I expect to sell out this holiday season. They are flying out of here now. They are so reasonably priced at $18.00 each! Hand made, hand painted, you can't beat that price!
We are currently out of stock on our little girl but she is being made now and we hope to have her by the end of October.
Japan National Holiday October 08 2012, 0 Comments
The second Monday of October is a Japanese national holiday.
It is Health and Sports Day (taiiku no hi).
It was on that day in 1964 that the Olympic games of Tokyo were opened. We have a kokeshi doll to celebrate Health and Sports Day. It is our child playing soccer.
Autumn Equinox Day, Sept 23 September 24 2012, 0 Comments
Around September 23, Japan has a national holiday called shubun no hi, or Autumn Equinox Day. The Japanese visit their ancestors' graves on many occasions throughout the year especially during obon week, the anniversaries, and the week of the Equinox Day.
Moon Viewing September 22 2012, 0 Comments
The people of Japan have been admiring the moon since ancient times. Many in Japan enjoy moon viewing parties called tsukimi during mid-to-late September. Modern day tsukimi are for enjoying the beautiful moon with friends. However, during ancient times, tsukimi was a solemn occasion when farmers "prayed" to the moon for a bountiful harvest by offering mochi dumplings with pampas grasses. Regardless of ancient superstitions, the full moon is especially beautiful this time of the year mostly because the late summer air tends to be very clear.
We have a beautiful moon viewing kokeshi doll in a washed blue color. The moon is the color of the natural wood. The carved pampas grass is beautifully silhouetted in the moon. You can find her in the girls catagory, U-2-16.
Maintenance on the website September 21 2012, 0 Comments
I want to let our customers know that we will be performaing maintenance on the website Sunday, September 23 4:00am MDT to September 23 4:30am MDT. This shouldn't affect out US customers since it's so early in the morning, but might affect our international customers. We do not anticipate more than 5 minutes of downtime, however you may experience brief interruptions in service throughout the maintenance window. Thanks!
Respect for the Aged Day September 17 2012, 0 Comments
According to the World Health Organization, the people of Japan have the longest lifespan in the world. It is fitting that every year on the third Monday of September, Japan celebrates a national holiday called Keirou-no-Hi, or "Respect for the Aged Day." This holiday is to show respect for the elderly and also to celebrate their longevity. Keirou-no-Hi is a day to reflect on the contribution the elderly have made to society and to pray for their continued health. Often, schools will host programs where children can make crafts and draw pictures to give as gifts for their grandparents and great-grandparents.
We carry two sets of kokeshi dolls that celebrate elderly couples. Please see them in the catagory, Elderly Couple. The sets make a unique gift for a wedding, anniversary or other special occasion.
Salt Lake City, Utah Family Christmas Gift Show September 15 2012, 0 Comments
Kokeshi Designs will be at the Utah Family Christmas Gift Show in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 9 & 10. The show is at the South Towne Center in Sandy, Utah. We are in Booth 0346. We are looking forward to seeing all of our friends in Salt Lake City! If there is something special you would like us to bring, please email us at email@example.com
Also, if you are interested in the 3-pc sets, I am taking names and holding sets for people. I hope to have the sets by mid-October. Please contact me at the above email and I will save a set for you! My list is growing!
Thank you for your interest in our beautiful kokeshi dolls. We appreciate all of our customers around the world.
3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set September 06 2012, 6 Comments
We are receiving many inquiries about the 3-pc Kokeshi Nativity Set. They are in production and we expect them to be in stock by mid- October. Please check back at that time. Or, if you would like us to contact you when they arrive, please send us an email through the contact page on the website and we will let you know when the sets are available.