Lanterns are widely used in China, in particular during celebrations and festivals. Celebrated on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, the Lantern Festival traditionally marks the end of the Chinese New Year Spring Festival period. It’s Friday, March 2 in 2018.
Bolang Gu usually consists of one double-headed drum, a rod located at the bottom of the drum, and two pellets which are individually connected to the side of drum by a short cord. When you hold the rod and start twisting it back and forth, the pellets will strike the drum in a rhythmic fashion.
Koinobori wind socks are made by drawing carp patterns on paper, cloth or other nonwoven fabric. They are then allowed to flutter in the wind.
The decorative headdress of the Hani or Akha people are decorated by their owner and each is unique. Silver coins, monkey fur, and dyed chicken feathers are just a few of the things that might decorate the headdress.
Brightly coloured fabric elephants, hung from colourful beaded strings as a hanging mobile. Each elephant has a small bell at the bottle that ‘jangles’ in the breeze.
A simple 6 piece wooden puzzle from the Children of the World Tuzzles range. The puzzle depicts a Chinese child, wearing a traditional Tangzhuang shirt and holding a lantern.
The Kokiriko (or Binzasara) is a traditional Japanese percussion instrument made from bamboo slats held together with letter straps. The sound is similar to “dominoes falling” as the wooden slats strike one another. A traditional Kokiriko is made from thin pieces of bamboo, however the Kokiriko in our library is created from larger pieces of timber and is also marketed as a ‘Clatter Pillar’ or ‘Rhythm Band’.