Momiji Dolls were originally inspired in 2005 by traditional folk-art in northern Japan called Kokeshi. Momiji dolls are different from the traditional Kokeshi dolls in that they are made from resin and contain a small space in the base. Inside the base is a small folded card for a secret message or greeting. Momiji dolls are often designed by fresh new designers and are known for their work with colleges and art schools worldwide. They are also known as Momiji Friendship Dolls, and are typically given to others to show friendship and love.