Woodblock Print Stuffed Bird - Japanese Paradise Flycatcher
The rustic and charming Japanese paradise flycatcher (sankōchō ) is woodblock printed on cotton and stuffed with rice husk. The rice husk gives a perfect amount of volume and firmness to bring the expertly shaped and printed creature to life.
It is a migratory bird native to southeastern Asia and a male has an exceptionally long tail. Its Japanese name sankōchō literally means three lights bird and derives from Its song which sounds tsuki-hi-hoshi, meaning moon-sun-stars in Japanese. That is why 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.
- 100% cotton
- Stuffed with rice husk
- 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.