What is THE symbol of Fukushima?  The Akabeko!

It’s a bobble headed cow that is made from paper mache and is usually painted red.  It’s so cute.  The basic ones are inexpensive, so I have often bought them as gifts for people in America.

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These are the basic Akabeko, in varius sizes.  You can see that the small one on the right is a little less than ten U.S. dollars.

 

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And while the traditional Akabeko are red, you can also purchase them in a variety of color.  Don’t they look oh so chic?

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Little Akabeko charms to attach to your bag or cell phone.  Gotta have the Fukushima where ever you go.

 

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That signs says “Fukushima Kougei Kan”  (Fukushima Handicrafts Hall)

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I thought these akabeko were ultra cool.  For the person who is all, “What?  An ordinary red Akabeko?  No!  I want something with a little more style…a little more class….a little more pizazz!”