The West learned and adopted it from Mao Zedong, the Communist leader of China, but the expression "paper tiger" is very old and known enough in Asia to have become the inspiration for a folk toy in Japan's Shimane Prefecture, in the western part of Honshu Island. Made of papier-mâché and with a moving head, it looks like a bobblehead dolls. The Kyugetsu Paper Tiger Plush Toy is an upgraded, soft, and cuddly version of Shimane's hariko no tora paper tiger, and one that can be used as a toy even by toddlers.
Coming from the workshop of Kyugetsu, a Tokyo doll maker that has been around for almost 200 years, the Kyugetsu Paper Tiger Plush Toy is 20 x 8 x 10 cm (7.9 x 3.1 x 3.9"), brightly colored and with the tiger having its mouth open in a fearsome roar, the main difference from the regular paper tiger folk toy is that its head doesn't move. Despite carrying the meaning of someone who appears powerful but is actually weak, these dolls are considered good luck talismans, especially when it comes to children's health, so follow the example of Japanese parents and get one for your children today!
Specs and Features:
- Plush version of traditional hariko no ko paper tiger toy
- Dimensions: approx. 20 x 8 x 10 cm (7.9 x 3.1 x 3.9")
- Made by historical Tokyo doll maker Kyugetsu (est. 1836)
- Made in Japan