Kijiuma wooden toy


Born in 1935, Tadayoshi Sumioka is the second-generation of a handcrafted wooden products company in Kumamoto, Japan. Together with his family, Tadayoshi preserves local traditions through their craftsmanship.

The Kijiuma, a traditional toy from Hitoyoshi city in Kumamoto prefecture, has been cherished as a symbol of good fortune and healthy growth for children since ancient times. The Kanji character "Dai," meaning "Big," adorns its body, symbolizing wishes for children's well-being and growth.

Originally, the Kijiuma was a large toy, designed for children to enjoy by pulling it along or riding down slopes, providing not just entertainment but a connection to cultural heritage.

  • Sold separately 
  • Approximate measurements:
    • Small: 4"L x 2"W x 1 1/2"H
    • Medium: 5 1/4"L x 2 1/2"W x 1 3/4"H
  • Material: Paulownia wood, pine wood, paint
  • Care instruction: to clean, gently wipe the surface with a dry cloth.
  • Do not hand wash or get wet.