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Daruma Wishes

At a Takasaki temple, in the city where Daruma were created, every year you can go there, buy a wooden Daruma and string you wish onto a wishing post. As you can see, on the front is the traditional face and on the back you write your wishes for the new year.

And on a different post / tree (I’ve seen both), you can tie your bad luck. I’ve been told that you can only tie it with your non-dominant hand to let it “fly away”. Mine (tied with my left hand) was still there later. (Does that mean I kept it?) :-<

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Posted by on 18/01/2012 in Places, Religion


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the Candy of Destiny

So mostly destiny is about the One Ring or something cool like that, but these candies will give you an X (bad luck), an O (good luck) or a….(how do I make a triangle on this keyboard??) for so-so luck. And a O inside an O for great luck.

Each position has a category. Love, test, travel, etc. Pop out the ball and eat your candy while you cheer or moan about your luck!

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Posted by on 24/09/2011 in Foods


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the Isaac Daruma

There is an expression about the Daruma, “seven times down, eight times up.”

This is because the dolls are weighted on the bottom so that it will always come back up when knocked over, and the expression is why the Daruma is said to bring happiness and prosperity, while warding off accidents and bad luck (or recovering from misfortune).

Here’s a Daruma one of Isaac’s student’s grandfather made the traditional way; from crushed animal bone and shell (and some other stuff). On the left, in gold, it says “wishes for success” and the right side says “wishes for safety and commune.” In the middle, in black, it says “Isaac” in Japanese (well, as best it can…) 🙂

In the past, they all used to be one color, red. The main theory of thought is that the monk had a red robe. Nowadays, you can find them in many colors. including the original, each representing a different hope; blue -> progress, green -> fertility / relaxing, yellow -> health / safety, etc.) Since they are sold in the beginning of the year, you can sometimes find Daruma either colored as the zodiac animal (yellow and black for the year of the Tiger) or with some extra parts (bunny ears on the top for the year of the Rabbit).


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Posted by on 10/01/2011 in Functional Things, Religion


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