A Kokeshi Doll is a type of traditional wooden doll. It was thought to have emerged during the mid 19th century as a children's toy in the hot springs community deep within the mountains of Miyagi Prefecture. Now, Kokeshi Dolls are considered as the ideal gift for any occasion. Even after 5 generations, each Kokeshi Doll is hand carved and painted, starting with the peeling the bark of a tree by hand after letting the wood dry out for 18 months first.