The 31st Creative Café｜Online Film Premiere of “Yamagata Kokeshi” (29 and 30 May)
The “Creative Café” is a local creative project of the Yamagata City of Film. It holds talk events and workshops on film and various cultural themes in a cozy atmosphere. The project aims to review the city’s culture, provide opportunities to consider the role of culture, and develop local communities by utilizing the power of creativity. Since 2020, the event has also been distributed online, attracting participants from a wide range of age groups.
The 31st Creative Café presents the online film premiere of “Yamagata Kokeshi,” a short documentary film produced through our local creative project “Yamagata Renaissance Project.” The project produces a series of films that introduce the appeal of Yamagata’s traditional culture and supports local film talents.
Kokeshi are handmade wooden dolls distinguished by a single trunk and head, with their faces and clothing painted.
It is said that the traditional kokeshi dolls, which were created in hot spring resorts in the Tohoku region, were first made as children’s toys by a plain-wood worker. Among the 11 Kokeshi lineages, three lineages of traditional kokeshi are still inherited in Yamagata Prefecture, and each artisan has added their ideas to preserve the kokeshi culture.
“Yamagata Kokeshi“（2021 / 25 min / Dir: SATO Koichi）
Available on 29 and 30 May 2021
HOW TO WATCH
You can watch the film from 29 May at 0:00 a.m. to 30 May at 23:59 p.m. at the dedicated online streaming webpage on our official website. ( creative-yamagata.jp )
* This is a FREE online screening event.
* We would like to ask you to answer the one-minute questionnaire after watching the film. The result will be utilized for the future activity of the Yamagata City of Film. Your cooperation would be highly appreciated.
Organized by Yamagata Creative City Promotion Council (Culture Promotion Division, Yamagata City)
Please contact us for further details.