Monday, 22 August 2011

Gaijin Daruma

Here is the first in a series of Daruma dolls I plan on making.
If you've never heard of Darumas, they are a traditional Japanese doll made to bless the owner with good luck, health, and prosperity.
A major feature of Daruma dolls is it's blank eyes. You first make a wish and paint in the pupil of one of the eyes. Once your wish has come true, you paint the other eye. It's very simple but serves as an excellent symbol of perseverance in achieving your goals.
I call this on Gaijin Daruma, gaijin meaning "outsider" to explain my western approach to a very old Japanese icon.

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