These 3.75" paper mache Daruma dolls are handcrafted in Takasaki, Japan, the birthplace of the Daruma doll.
The Daruma doll has been a symbol of good luck for many years in Japan. Daruma was a renowned Indian priest who lived about 1500 years ago. He went to China and founded the Zen sect of Buddhism, and spent years in meditation, facing a wall. This doll represents patience and perseverance. Daruma dolls are traditionally purchased when someone starts a new business, takes exams, or begins any venture that has a goal which must be attained by perseverance. One eye is painted in when a goal is established, and the other eye is painted when the goal has been realized. These Daruma dolls are handmade and hand painted; each one is unique and may differ slightly from the photograph. A Daruma doll is the ideal companion to Sunny's book, Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll.
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