“Daruma” 【達磨/だるま】is one of the many objects that are supposed to be lucky charms in Japan.
There is the custom that wish come true when you own one of them.
Today we’d like to talk about “Daruma” 達磨
Daruma is a kind of lucky charm in Japan. The history of Daruma dates back around 1,500 years ago. Daruma are symbolize the Indian Buddhism named Bodhidharma. He is the founder of Zen Buddhism in China. The pose of Zen meditation is the origin of Daruma.
In Japan, there is a proverb come from Daruma.
It says “ups and downs in life, always rising after a fall or repeated failures”
This is come from the features of Daruma which has a low center of gravity, so it always arise.
Daruma is selling without their eyes. At the begging of New Year, we pray to Daruma and draw right eye by ourselves.And after our wish come true, or the end of the year, we draw left eye and take it to the Shinto shrine for memorial service.
There are some reasons about the colors and meanings of different Daruma.
Red: Better fortune
Purple: good health
Gold: economic fortune, wealth