Hariko (張り子)

Hariko is one of the plastic arts technique which forms papier-mache by attaching pieces of paper to frames made of bamboo or wood or molds made of clay.
It is also called 'Haribote.'
Paper used for the papier-mache is called 'konkurigami' ('konkuri' means concrete).


It is said that the papier-mache technique came down from China in around the Muromachi period. It spread around Japan and has been used for such as folk toys.

Daily necessaries

Chochin (Japanese paper lantern)


Daruma doll

Inuhariko (papier-mache dogs)

Folk toys created in the Edo period. As a dog breeds many puppies at a time and its delivery is quicker compared to other animals, it is used as an Omamori (a personal amulet) for easy delivery and baby's health.

Koboshi (self-righting doll)

Akabeko (traditional toy of red cow)

Tora (papier-mache tigers)

It is almost the same as akabeko except for its shape of a tiger. It is used as the root of an expression, 'hariko no tora' (papier-mache tigers of which neck swing), which means a person who is in high spirits but superficial.

Miharu Papier-Mache Doll

Dashi Toro of Nebuta Festival


Masks such as Hyottoko (clownish mask) and Okame (plain-looking woman)

[Original Japanese]