SHOP

This is the toy shop. There are many traditional toys such as spinning tops, kites, wooden paddles, and souvenirs. Many visitors like to buy chiyogami, a decorative Japanese paper, and accessories made from them.

"Kurashiki Hariko" are papier mâché figures.  Every process used in making the figures is done by hand, including the wooden molds are made by craftsmen. One of their famous figures is a tiger.

The tradition in the Kurashiki area is to present a Hariko tiger to a newborn baby boy, so it's not surprising that tigers are the most common design, found in various sizes.

Nihon Kyodo Gangukan (Japanese Folk Toy Museum)

The Japanese Folk Toy Museum is located in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. The museum features about 30,000 toys made in various regions of Japan from the 1600s to the present.