Item # 070721-A.
Handmade by local artist Miki Naka, these cards are laser cut and backed by colorful washi papers (designs and colors vary but all have shades of red. We will select for you.) Comes with envelope. 4.5”x 5.5” Blank inside for your own personal message!
Two designs to choose from:
Akabeko-This traditional lacquered paper mache folk toy is based on the story of a red ox in the 9th century who helped haul materials to build a temple and refused to leave once the temple was finished. It became a symbol of devotion to Buddha.
Ema-The Ox appears on a traditional votive plaque called an ema, which translates into 'picture horse'. In ancient Japan, horses were sometimes given as offerings to Shinto shrines. Later pictures of horses on a stable-shaped piece of wood were substituted as symbolic offerings.