Traditional Craft

Akabeko Red Cows

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.