Ryukyu Hariko - Ryuyu Hina Set


Made in Okinawa, Japan

Joyful Ryukyu Hariko pieces handmade by Toy Road Works lead by Morito Toyonaga who works across many mediums, including these papier-mâché, print, ceramics and lacquer. Toyonaga's works have regularly been displayed and awarded by the Japan Folk Art Museum in Tokyo.

Ryukyu Hariko is a toy that was frequently made in Okinawa in the past, mainly sold at toy markets during festivals called Yukkanuhi, a festive day when children could buy toys once a year, wishing for the healthy growth and success in life. After the Meiji era, it gradually declined with the advent of celluloid and tin toys. However, the traditional techniques are still being passed down by a small number of craftsmen even now. Toyonaga is one of them.

Taking inspiration from historical works of literature such as myths, folklore and fairytales, Toyonaga creates simple forms with playful ideas that feels contemporary.

Using the traditional hariko technique, each piece is made of paper and then individually hand-painted. 

Height: Approx. W7cm

Important: Please note that due to the handmade nature of the product, each piece may slightly vary in colour and size.

Keep away from water

Unique one-off pieces / Sold as a set

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