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Each doll is hand painted by master craftsmen in Gunma.
The Daruma doll is a Japanese traditional wishing doll that helps people to achieve their dreams and goals. Millions of people in Japan regard it as a talisman of good luck and perseverance, making it a popular gift of encouragement.
Covered in a priestly robe from head to toe, with big eyes wide open and lips tightly shut, Daruma dolls have a sturdy body. Their thick eyebrows are drawn in the shape of a crane and the moustache in the shape of a turtle. It is believed that cranes live 1,000 years and turtles 10,000 years, respectively.
How to use: Make a wish or define your goal. With that in mind, draw an eye on the left eye and keep the doll. When your goal is achieved, draw the other eye.
Traditionally the left eye pupil is drawn first. It is believed to have come from the fact that left seats are above the right ones in the Japanese seating arrangement protocol. There are, however, no rules spelled out for this matter. To physically paint an eye on the pupil of a Daruma doll signifies opening of one’s mind. In other words, by painting a Daruma’s eye pupil, you have opened up the eyes of your mind.
Colours & their meanings: Although typically red, the Daruma doll comes in various colours and sizes. In general, this interpretation of colours has become the standard:
Red: Luck & Good Fortune
White: Love & Harmony
Black: Success in Business
Gold: Wealth & Prosperity
Yellow: Security & Protection
Blue & Turquoise: Work & School Accomplishment
Purple & Green: Health & Longevity
Place of origin:
Hand-made & hand painted in Takasaki, Japan
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