A tale of Donguri Korokoro

Donguri Korokoro means

Donguri Korokoro is an original character of Comomg created by designer Kazuto Komatsu in 2004.

We tried to create a character with a soft and simple expression that would not interfere with children’s imagination, but would always make them want to be around.

Since then, our wooden toys have been loved by many people, making them smile in various ways.

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Plain expression

Beady eyes and a slightly larger nose. The expression of Donguri Korokoro is very simple and plain.

At first glance, this face may seem expressionless. It can be seen as laughing or crying, which enriches the child’s imagination.

It is also so simple that he/orshe can draw it at a glance. It is easy to remember, and it also fosters creativity, such as drawing and "let’s pretend" games.

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Wood spirits? Wood fairies?

The earth grows trees over decades and centuries. A tree spirit born from a tree that has grown over such a long period of time? A fairy? is the Donguri Korokoro.

There are many Donguri Korokoro living in the lush green forests and mountains. We are sure that even in the town, they live quietly in the places where trees grow. We do hope that the Earth will always remain that green and lush.

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Origin of Name

The name "Donguri Korokoro" comes from the children’s song "Donguri Korokoro". It was named with imagination of how it would roll happily down the mountain before jumping into the pond.

It doesn’t roll around, but moves slowly. We are sure it is not jumped into the pond, but is able to play on the slopes of its favorite mountain many times.

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Until the current design,

the concept of a spirit born from a tree had been around since the beginning, but the predecessor of Donguri Korokoro was a dwarf with a triangular hat.

The first generation of Donguri Korokoro made this dwarf as simple as possible. The form without its arms and legs, and the height has been tightly pressed and shortened. In other words, the line under its eyes is not its mouth, but the border between its clothes and face. Also, the circle in the center was not a nose, but a clothing button.

After that, the design changed twice to the current Donguri Korokoro, but they are all very memorable and important designs.(Now it’s a nose, not a button)

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Donguri Papa Donguri Mama

Donguri papa wearing a silk hat. Dumpling-headed mama. This is the first character to be derived from Donguri Korokoro.

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Donguri, but mushrooms? Pumpkin?

The Donguri Kinoko, with its round head and spotted pattern, is also a member of the Donguri Korokoro. The pumpkin-headed Donguri, O Lantern is for Halloween. The bearded Donguri Santa Claus is coming for Christmas.

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It was born from a wish

The Donguri Kabuto was born with the wish for the healthy growth of children. We would also like to pass on the important traditions of Japan to the future. Amabie Donguri was also created in the hope that children can spend their days with even a little peace of mind.

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For Better Smiles for Children

Every Donguri Korokoro has a different color and shape. And it is all good friends.

We want to create a world where we, too, can acknowledge each other’s differences and walk hand in hand, even if our countries, races, cultures and ways of thinking are different.

The Donguri Korokoro also hopes for such a world.

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Thank you for your continued support.

Donguri Korokoro wants everyone to have a smile on his/her face. Hoping that Donguri Korokoro can continue to be a familiar and beloved character to everyone.

Kazuto Komatsu, Designer

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