The rustic and charming ruddy kingfisher (akashowbin) 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 ruddy kingfisher is common in east and southeast Asia. It lives among trees and feeds on fish, insects and small crustaceans. The stuffed bird has one of its favorite foods on the belly: small freshwater crabs.
A red tag on the string says akashowbin 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
6⅜” (L) x 1¾" (W) x 2⅜" (H)
Each piece is hand made and 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.