This Japanese daruma doll is made out of paper machi and is in a striking black and is a unique way to bring a bit of luck and encouragement to friends and loved ones.
Japanese daruma dolls
are popular in Japan and are said to be modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism in Japan. Japanese daruma dolls are seen as a lucky talisman and a symbolism of perseverance in Japan.
Their round shape are said to be a symbol for picking oneself up after facing an obstacle. Many daruma dolls are roly-poly toys in Japan that come back upright after being knocked down.
Japanese daruma doll also typically has both eyes left unpainted. Upon setting a goal, one paints in one eye of the daruma doll. When that goal has been accomplished, the second eye can then be painted in. It is believed that upon giving the daruma doll his full sight, one's wish will be granted.
This Japanese daruma doll is in black-a color associated with protecting against ill luck and evil, and has the inscriptions welcoming luck on its belly, and "welcoming wealth and luck" in gold on the side. Made in Japan.
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