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An annual All Japan Kokeshi Competition is held in the Naruko district, and the most creative kokeshi doll receives the Prime Minister's Award.Kokeshi dolls are a part of the rich heritage of Japan, and their simple, yet unique, wooden, handcrafted designs have put these dolls on the world map. These dolls have a simple, straight trunk with no limbs, and an enlarged head. A few, thin lines painted on the face make up their facial features. Traditionally, these dolls were crafted in only 3 colors-either red, black, or sometimes, yellow. However, modern artists now foray into different designs and colors as well. Interestingly, no two expressions of the kokeshi are ever th