These cute handcrafted PolePole wooden animals have been a part of Japanese culture for over 10 years. Hand crafted from soft white Albiza wood, these sweet and tactile characters are the definition of cuteness. The name PolePole pronounced "poh-leh poh-leh" comes from the Swahili words meaning "slowly, slowly" which is a direct reference to the carefully and slowly hand carved nature of each animal. Due to their lovingly crafted nature, each PolePole animal is slightly different with each unique expression thoughtfully hand finished and hand painted by a skilled craftsman. Timeless and highly collectable, they are as joyful as they are beautiful.