Tiger is an auspicious animal that runs a thousand miles in a day, returning with good fortune and is considered a talisman of courage because of its keen eyes and swift movements. It was also appreciated as a talisman for the growth of children because of its maternal nature. At Kuramadera Temple (鞍馬寺) in Kyoto, the guardian tiger guards the main hall and is considered to be a messenger of Bishamonten (毘沙門天).
The paper mache tiger is prayed at Manzoku Inari Shrine in Higashiyama, Kyoto. Hariko is a traditional Japanese toy made of Japanese paper. It has a fortune paper inside and can be used as a decoration after the fortune paper has been taken out and read. The fortune paper is written in Japanese.
Please note that each item is handmade and may vary in size and shape.