Born in 1951 in Shiroishi city, Miyagi prefecture. Son of the renowned Masao Watanabe. He started creating kokeshi dolls in 1970 under his father and developed his own unique style. His dolls are decorated with extravagant and intricate kimonos featuring floral and traditional motifs and patterns as well as meticulously carved hair in symmetric and asymmetric styles. He has won a high number of awards for his beautiful dolls and several of them are permanently featured in the Nuremberg toy museum in Germany.
Prizes (partial list)
Enjoy some of the kokeshi dolls that are in my private collection