The rustic and charming spotted nutcracker (hoshigarasu) 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 bird gets its Japanese name from the small white dots on the body that resemble stars in the night sky (hoshi means stars in Japanese). The stuffed bird is decorated with star motifs on its belly.
A red tag on the string says hoshigarasu 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
7⅜" (L) x 1⅞" (W) x 3½" (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.