Woodblock Print Stuffed Bird - Japanese Paradise Flycatcher
The rustic and charming Japanese paradise flycatcher (sankōchō) is printed on cotton using a woodblock and stuffed with rice husks. The rice husks give the perfect amount of volume and firmness to bring the expertly shaped and printed creature to life.
The flycatcher is a migratory bird native to southeastern Asia and the males have exceptionally long tails. Its Japanese name sankōchō literally means "three-lights-bird" and derives from its song, which sounds like tsuki-hi-hoshi, meaning "moon-sun-stars" in Japanese. The stuffed bird's belly is decorated with the images of the moon, sun and stars.
A red tag on the string says sankōchō on one side and "hand printed woodblock by Shinkougei" on the other. It gives a nice accent to any bird lover's room; it also works as a Christmas tree ornament.
Stuffed with rice husks
12½" including tail (L) x 1½" (W) x 3½" body only (H)
Each piece is handmade and the size and color vary slightly
This is an ornamental toy and not suitable for very young children
Made in Japan
Who Makes It
Founded in 1972 in Hida Takayama, Shinkougei is a craft workshop that specializes in creating various types of craftwork using woodblock print techniques.