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Daruma Doll: The World’s Cutest Motivational Object!

We Love Daruma!

The Daruma doll is one of the most popular and revered symbols of luck in Japan. Rounded, hollow, and designed with a low center of gravity, this “tumbler doll” (okiagari koboshi) bounces right back up when tilted to the side, representing determination and persistence.

Closely associated with the Daruma is the venerated Japanese proverb, Nana Korobi Yaoki “. When translated means “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” In other words, Never, ever give up on your dreams! 

The Daruma is modeled after the founder of Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma, the fifth-century Indian sage credited with introducing Zen to Japan. The traditional Daruma doll, with its round shape, represents Bodhidharma in his meditative pose.

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The eyes of a Daruma doll eyes are intentionally left blank. When a new doll is brought home, the custom is to colour in one eye with a black marker while thinking about a goal, resolution, or even a wish. Once achieved, the Daruma’s owner can happily colour in the second eye and enjoy a wonderful sense of accomplishment.

Darumas are typically painted red, but also come in yellow, purple, gold, and other colours; each reflecting the sort of goal or wish the doll’s owner has in mind.

  • Red: Luck and prosperity – the classic colour
  • Yellow: Safety and protection
  • Purple: Good health and longevity
  • White: Purity – ideal for a loved one
  • Gold: Wealth – entrepreneurs take note!

From the personal collection of Unique Japan (Image ©Unique Japan All rights reserved)

Entirely handmade in Takasaki, Japan from recycled paper and hand-painted with water-based paints, Daruma-san is an eco-friendly guardian that makes a meaningful – and original – gift at any time of the year. And with a charming heart painted on their backs, Unique Japan’s Daruma dolls are truly one-of-a-kind.

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Unique Japan proudly send thousands of Daruma dolls on behalf of our customers around the world from our website every year. This, in turn, also assists a number of charities that we support.

It’s our special tribute that declares for all to hear, “Yes, We Love Daruma!

Visit our website at We Love Daruma!

Author Profile:
Pablo Kuntz
, Co-Founder of Unique Japan is based in the UK after living in Japan for nearly 20 years. Unique Japan’s mission is to unite one-of-a-kind pieces with owners who appreciate and cherish the kind of quality, story and craftsmanship that only Japan could ever hope to produce.

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Categories: Arts & Crafts, Gifts
  1. October 6, 2011 at 6:38 am

    These are so cool and would make a wonderful souvenir from Japan.


  2. October 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Japan Australia :

    These are so cool and would make a wonderful souvenir from Japan.

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, we think they would make great gifts too! Everyone should have a Daruma doll! 🙂


  1. January 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm

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