Okiagari Kobōshi

Handmade folk toys used as good luck charms in the Tōhoku region of Japan.

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Okiagari kobōshi (lit. ‘getting up little monk’) are small folk toys originating from Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture in north-eastern Japan. Hollow with a weighted bottom, if knocked over, they always return to an upright position. This roly-poly design relates to the Japanese proverb nanakorobi yaoki (seven times down, eight times up). Okiagari kobōshi are a symbol of resilience and perseverance. Passing on the Aizu traditions, these okiagari kobōshi are handmade with utmost care by the craftspeople of the Nozawa Mingei workshop.

Medium size: Ø4.5 cm x H7 cm

Large size: Ø8 cm x H11 cm

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