Akabeko ( red cow) is a traditional toy from the Aizu region of Japan. The toy is made from two pieces of papier-mache-covered wood, shaped and painted to look like a red cow or ox. One piece represents the cow's head and neck and the other its body. The head and neck hangs from a string and fits into the hollow body. When the toy is moved, the head thus bobs up and down and side to side.