Japanese Culture & Crafts

Akabeko Painting

These are a traditional toy from the Aizu region, and are made from papier-mache on a bamboo or wooden frame. Their free-swinging heads bob up and down with any movement, make people smile. The origins of Aka-beko come from a large red cow that carried lumber all through the building of a large temple long ago, and they are given as a charm so that children will grow up strong just like the cow, and as a talisman for good health and an easy childbirth.


Tsurugajo Kaikan
Aizu Bukeyashiki (Samurai House)
[Location]1 Innai aza Ishiyama Ooaza Higashiyama, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref
[Access] Get off at the bus stop `Bukeyashiki-mae`(the Aizu samurai house)
[Open] 9:00-15:30 (Akabeko Painting)
[Location]1-5-13 Chuo, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref.
[Open]AM10:30~PM6:00 [Close] Wednesday

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