Traditional Craft

Miharu Koma

Miharu Koma are wooden toy horses from Miharu town in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. Nowadays, it is a favorite toy of many children. Wood is carved into the shape of a horse, and after being painted black and white, it is decorated with bright red, black, and gold patterns. Finally, a stiff vertical tail is attached. The horses range from 3 to 30 cm in size, with the smaller horses used as charms for children, and ones painted all in white as a talisman for a long life.