The Daruma doll (also known as a Dharma doll), is a hollow, round, Japanese doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.  You can find Daruma dolls being sold especially during the first festivals of the year.


Daruma dolls are typically red in color (as pictured above) to give good luck, but as you can see from this YouTube video from thatjapanesegirl, they also come in other colors.


3 thoughts on “Daruma

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  2. Funny to see the Daruma dolls featured in your blog. Several of my Japanese-Brazilian friends have Daruma dolls in their parents’ house, often with only one of their eyes painted. I have always found the one-eyed doll a bit spooky. And also somewhat of a parent pressure: you keep wondering if they want you to get married, to get them grandchildren, to find a good job, etc. Fortunately my Japanese mother never had one at home (at least not one that I knew of…).

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