The basic methods for crafting these objects were brought to Tochigi when master artisans from all parts of Japan gathered to help build Nikko's Toshogu Shrine and left behind techniques for creating seasonal decorative objects and implements. Later, these techniques branched off into Sano- ishokibina (Sano costumed dolls) techniques and Sano Sekku-kakejiku (Sano seasonal-festival hanging scrolls) techniques.
While preserving the original, fundamental crafting techniques, Sano-ishokibina feature a soft-looking appearance and physical feel.
Sano Ningyo Association
96, Kubocho, Sano-shi, Tochigi, 327-0845