Adorable charms of Hida Takayama
Sarubobo is a cloth doll with a red face wearing a hood, which you are certain to see in any souvenir shop in Takayama. It is folk craft item that has long been made in the Hida region, including Takayama.
Saru means monkey and bobo means baby, and it is said that Sarubobo was named as such because it resembles a baby monkey.
Sarubobo is popular as a mascot character because of its cute appearance, but in fact it has been made by mothers since times long past as a charm to cleanse their children of impurities.
Currently, in addition to the red Sarubobo, many other colors and designs have been made, and you can look forward to buying the Sarubobo you like best as a charm for your journey.