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Kurayoshi Daruma


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Daruma doll is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modelled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of BuddhismThough considered a toy by some, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. 


There is a toy workshop called Bigoya in Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture, which has been in operation for over 200 years. Founded in the late Edo period, toys have been made since 1781.

To make this Daruma they add weight on our feet to keep their balance. As a process, Japanese paper is pasted on the wooden mold, and after drying, the Japanese paper part is removed and the weight is attached to the bottom. Finally, they apply whitewash again and paint it. 


12cm x h.17cm

Please note that the colouring will bleed if you touch it with wet hands or wipe it with water. * Due to the nature of the product, avoid direct sunlight and high temperature and humidity.



Tottori is the capital city of Tottori Prefecture in the Chūgoku region of Japan.

If you walk about 100m north of Kannonin Garden (a nationally designated scenic spot), you will find their craft shop just halfway between the shrine and the Nikko Toshogu Shrine (built in 1650 by soliciting the spirit of Nikko Toshogu).

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