These colourful objects look like real Japanese cakes called “Wagashi”. However, they are in fact “Otedama” (Beanbags), a traditional Japanese children's toy which originated in the ninth century. Otedama is a game played with fabric beanbags, sewn by grandmothers from silk kimono scraps. The new style of Otedama ‘Watedama Wokashi’ was developed using delicate and advanced sewing processing technology required for the material, which has a beautiful gloss and a delicate silk like surface.
Watedama was created for use, not only as a children’s toy, but as an object with aesthetic beauty used as a decoration in the home. It makes something new out of something old, which can be handed down from generation to generation.
The brand was created by design company Cement Produce Design – a design agency established in 1999.