Daruma 12cm (Red)
A Daruma is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered a toy by some, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement. The doll has also been commercialized by many Buddhist temples to use alongside the setting of goals.When purchased, the figure's eyes are both blank white. A user will then select a goal or wish and paint in one of the figure's two eyes. Once the desired goal is achieved, the second eye is filled in.
Darumas are still usually made of papier-mâché, have a round shape, are hollow and weighted at the bottom so that they will always return to an upright position when tilted over. In Japanese, a roly-poly toy is called okiagari, meaning to get up (oki) and arise (agari). This characteristic has come to symbolize the ability to have success, overcome adversity, and recover from misfortune. In Japanese popular culture on cards, banners and books, Daruma is often illustrated alongside the phrase "Nanakorobi Yaoki", translated to mean "seven times down, eight times up".
Next trend of Japanese good luck charm.
- Red darumas are intended to: Good Luck, Fortune and Blessing.
- The kanji "fukuiri" on the belly means 'Fortune-Bringing' and refers to its lucky charm function.
- Traditional Japanese Wishing Dolls
- Make a Wish, Keep Your Promise & Fulfill Your Dreams
- Paint in One Eye. When You Achieve Your Goal. Paint in the Other Eye!
- Handcrafted by a Master Daruma Maker in Takasaki, Gunma, Japan