#186 Akabeko

Akabeko is a red cow statue. Simple as that.

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It’s like an old fashioned bobble-head.

It’s a traditional toy from the Aizu region of Japan but is now a symbol of the whole Tohoku (north-eastern) region of Japan.

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It’s made from two pieces of papier-mâché wood painted red to look like an Ox.

akabeko3赤/Aka means red… Makes sense. But why beko? Cows are called 牛/ushi in Japanese. But beko is the aizu dialect for cow!

 

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