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’.
A CD featuring 10 tracks of Japanese music, good for music and movement and sensory play.
The cheongsam, also known as a qipao, is a close-fitting dress that originated in 1920s Shanghai. There are many different designs of the cheongsam including those with short-capped sleeves, long fur lined sleeves and sleeveless.
This beautiful plastic sushi set is wonderful to introduce children to new types of food. Sushi is a Japanese dish of vinegar ‘sushi rice’ combined with a variety of ingredients including seafood and vegetables.
A Tangzhuang is a variant of a traditional Chinese jacket. The tangzhuang is sometimes translated as a Tang Suit or Jacket.
The Tang Suits basic style includes a Mandarin collar, front opening and knotted Chinese buttons. Shoulder pads are inserted for better fit.
Tang suits are made in different colours, most commonly red, dark blue, gold and black. One common design is the usage of Chinese characters to spread good luck and wishes.
The Chinese Officials Winter Hat is comprised of a skull cap with an upturned brim, usually made of red, yellow and black silks, with insignias stitched in to the design. These hats are topped with knobs of different materials, signifying an Officials rank.
The Chinese Silk Cap is a small round cap, made up of colourful panels of silk stitched together. These caps will often have gold dragons or other traditional Chinese decorative patterns, as well as a long braided plait leading from under the cap.
The Xylophone is one of many percussion instruments used in traditional Indonesian ‘Gamelan’ ensembles. The most common instruments used in Gamelan are metallophones played by mallets and a set of hand-played drums called kendhang which register the beat. Other instruments include xylophones, bamboo flutes, a bowed instrument called a rebab, and even vocalists called sindhen.
Although the popularity of gamelan has declined since the introduction of pop music, gamelan is still commonly played on formal occasions and in many traditional Indonesian ceremonies. For most Indonesians, gamelan is an integral part of Indonesian culture.
Asian Dreamland offers soothing and musically intriguing songs from Japan, Nepal, China, India and even the Republic of Tatarstan. This album is perfect for yoga and meditation as well as putting the little ones to sleep.
An oil-paper umbrella is a type of paper umbrella that originated in China. It subsequently spread across several East, South and Southeast Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Laos, where it has been further developed with different characteristics.