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Japanese traditional toys

There are various Japanese traditional toys, folk dolls and games. Most of these have a long history which have roots in Imperial or noble court life or in Buddhist rites and beliefs.

The toy introduced in this blog by Kamiyama sensei has it's roots in Zen Buddhism.

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Daruma dolls




丸くて、赤くて、かわいらしいこの人形はだるまといいます。 だるまは押しても倒れずに何度でも起き上がってくることから、あきらめない、 目標を達成する象徴です。

実はだるまには目がありません。 目を描くのは願い事をするときです。家族の健康、会社の繁栄、受験の合格など、目標や願い事を心に決めて左目を描きます。 そして、目標や願い事叶ったとき右目を描きます


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丸(まる)くて、赤(あか)くて、かわいらしいこの人形(にんぎょう)はだるまといいます。 だるまは押(お)しても倒(たお)れずに何度(なんど)でも起(お)き上(あ)がってくることから、あきらめない、目標(もくひょう)を達成(たっせい)する象徴(しょうちょう)です。

実(じつ)はだるまには目(め)がありません。 目(め)を描(か)くのは願い事(ねがいごと)をするときです。家族(かぞく)の健康(けんこう)、会社(かいしゃ)の繁栄(はんえい)、受験(じゅけん)の合格(ごうかく)など、目標(もくひょう)や願い事(ねがいごと)を心(こころ)に決(き)めて左目(ひだりめ)を描(か)きます。 そして、目標(もくひょう)や願い事(ねがいごと)叶(かな)ったとき右目(みぎめ)を描(か)きます


Daruma dolls

This round, red and sweet-looking doll is known as a 'Daruma doll' or Dharma doll. How ever many times you push this 'Daruma', it doesn't fall over and still stands back up so it is known as a symbol of never giving up and achieving one's goals.

Actually, a 'Daruma' does not have any eyes. You draw in the eyes when you have something to wish for. When you have decided a goal or wish, for example your family's health, your company's prosperity, or passing an exam, you draw in the left eye. Then when this wish or goal is accomplished or comes true, then you draw in the right eye.

The 'Daruma' then watches over your perseverance, as you build up your efforts, and never give up until the wish or goal comes true.

あきらめない   never give up


描く(かく) draw

願い事(ねがいごと)をする make a wish

繁栄(はんえい) prosperity

叶う(かなう)  come true


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