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紙風船 kamifūsen: Japanese paper balloons from Kyoto


In Japan, the word for frog is 蛙 (kaeru), which sounds just like the word for 'return'. So these little creatures have become symbols of returning good fortune.


Ingenious Kyoto paper designers Rokuhichido have made this cute character into a paper balloon - a kamifūsen.


Simply inflate the paper balloon by blowing into it, then complete the inflation by patting it into the air with your hand - the physics behind this actually draws air into the balloon to complete its inflation! It's a fun game too!


This is a simple Japanese toy made of paper pasted together. We recommend hanging it up and displaying it (there is no string attached). It's also a cute small gift!


*Not suitable for babies and small children under 3*

Japanese paper balloon - frog

  • We use Royal Mail First Class Standard Delivery. If returning your items, please use the same service if possible, thank you. Please return items unopened, unused and in good condition. Thank you.

  • Created using Awa washi paper for eyes, front legs, and hind legs. 

    Body size is approximately 140mm in diameter

    Made in Japan