1. Aizuwakamatsu


    Akabeko ( red cow) in front of Aizuwakamatsu Station: Aizu legend claims that the toys are based on a real cow that lived in the 9th century and showed its devotion to Buddha by willing its soul away or by refusing to leave the site of a temple it had helped to construct. The earliest akabeko...
  2. Akabeko


    Akabeko ( red cow) is a traditional toy from the Aizu region of Japan. The toy is made from two pieces of papier-mache-covered wood, shaped and painted to look like a red cow or ox. One piece represents the cow's head and neck and the other its body. The head and neck hangs from a string and...