These Kokeshi dolls are a cross-cultural concoction of traditional Japanese dolls and ‘Star Wars’ lore. Created and hand-painted by Etsy user Temple7e, you’ll spot a handful of familiar faces—Han Solo, Princess Leia and Boba Fett—among the samurai warriors, ninjas and Shaolin monks.
Temple7e also makes personalized Kokeshi dolls by request—what a perfect gift for a Japanese pop culture fan!
Implications - The globalization of pop culture caused a creative fusion of iconographic toys and fashion. For example, Japanese manga and anime swarmed the United States, manifesting itself in toys, fashion and even food. By reinterpreting classic cultural toys into hybrid pop-art creations, artists breathed fresh, new life into traditional tchotchkes.