Daruma is the traditional handmade Japanese doll that brings in good luck.Basically, most of Daruma is painted in red because in Japan, the color “Red” has the meaning of driving away evil spirits.
At New Year time, many Japanese individuals and corporations buy a Daruma, make a resolution, and then paint in one of the eyes. If during the year, they are able to achieve their goal, they paint in the second eye.Many politicians, at the beginning of an election period, will buy a Daruma, paint in one eye, and then, if they win the election, paint in the other eye.
Daruma is made in different parts of Japan, but the ones we're using for this exhibition are “Takasaki Daruma” made in Gunma Prefecture. They are the most popular Daruma in Japan.
Takasaki Daruma is one of brand of Daruma. Eyebrows are represented by cranes.Noses and moustaches are represented by turtles. Featured on the face of Takasaki Daruma are two very auspicious animals in Japan. Takasaki Daruma is also known as good-luck Daruma or lucky Daruma.
It’s made of recycled paper, such as newspaper and egg boxes. It was made with papier-mache before, but vacuum forming is the favored method nowadays. There are more than 50 Daruma doll manufacturers in Gunma.
Total annual shipment of Takasaki Daruma reaches as many as 900,000, accounting for the great majority of Japan's Daruma doll production.
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