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Bring good luck in the new year of the Tiger with Tigger and other Disney characters!

One of the highlights of transitioning into a new year is the changing of the Chinese Zodiac animal, which means new housewares, collectibles, decorations, and more using animals as a motif. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger, so you can expect to see plenty of tiger-themed products in the stores in Japan, which switches over to the new Zodiac animal on January 1. And who better to represent tigers than Winnie-the-Pooh’s bouncy friend, Tigger?

That’s why Tigger features heavily in Disney Japan’s 2022 line of New Year’s goods. For example, check out this Tigger akabeko, which is a traditional toy from Fukushima prefecture with a bobbing head that is said to protect against illness. It’s a beautiful product that mixes traditional Japanese aesthetics and a popular Disney character! A collectible, to be sure.

Each one is hand-painted by an artisan, and it comes in two different sizes to fit your needs. Keep it nearby and it just might bring you good luck and good health next year! The large size costs 12,100 yen (US$105.05) and the small one 8,000 yen.

Of course, you can’t have Disney Tigger products without making reference to the Tigger Movie, in which the joyously bouncy tiger sets off to find others of his kind. There’s a scene in the movie when Pooh and his friends dress like Tigger, …continue reading