GANKOAN Kasukabe papier-mache

Kasukabe paper mache doll shop LLC (Saitama)

Kasukabe papier-mache is a traditional craft of Kasukabe City in Saitama Prefecture. GANKOAN (Kasukabe papier-mache doll shop LLC) takes the foundation of traditional papier-mache dolls, a local folk toy passed down through generations, and creates, displays and sells various creatively handmade dolls using natural materials such as clay, wood and washi paper. The distinctive feature of the shop is its creative approach while remaining rooted in traditional craftsmanship to produce a diverse range of items such as auspicious figurines, seasonal dolls, zodiac animals and character dolls. While maintaining the techniques and customs inherited since the Edo period, the shop also produces works tailored to year-round events.
Papier-mache involves layering washi paper onto a mold, allowing it to dry, then removing it from the mold and applying colors. All processes are managed by a single individual. The “beckoning cat” (Maneki-neko) has been cherished as a symbol of inviting various forms of fortune since the Edo period. Kasukabe papier-mache doll shop not only features traditional designs but also infuses diverse ideas onto canvases shaped as the beckoning cat, creating unique pieces that depart from convention. From cat enthusiasts to people of all ages and genders, and regardless of nationality, its works have gained popularity among a wide range of individuals.
The papier-mache dog has been loved by ordinary people since the Edo period. Due to their reputation for being prolific breeders and symbolizing safe childbirth, the papier-mache dog can be given as a gift for celebrations of birth, birthdays, and as a prayer for children’s growth.

Kasukabe paper mache doll shop LLC (埼玉県春日部市)

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2023 Award
Genre: Interior/Fashion


Two styles in total
– Beckoning cat
Available in four sizes (3, 5, 7 and 8)
– Papier-mache dog
Available in four sizes (Mini, small, medium and large)

Price (excluding tax) ※ Please see the latest pricing and tax information on the company's home page.

‘- Beckoning cat
Size 3: JPY18,000
Size 5: JPY9,000
Size 7: JPY4,200-8,200
Size 8: JPY3,200-5,200
– Papier-mache dog
Large JPY11,000-12,000
Medium JPY8,000
Small JPY4,000
Mini JPY2,000
(All excluding tax)