Daruma

      The Daruma, a symbol of perseverance and good luck, resembles Bodhidharma (called Ta-mo by the Chinese), an ancient Indian Buddhist monk who is credited with founding Zen. In the year A.D. 520 he returned to Lo-yang and sat before a wall meditating for nine years, where demons of both sexes continually taunted him.  As the result of his long sit-in, Daruma lost the use of his legs.  He also has no eyelids because once he was heedless enough to fall asleep; so upon waking he cut them off and threw them on the ground, where they became the Tea tree. The saying nanakorobi yaoki - "you fall seven times, you get up eight" refers to the Daruma's roly-poly shape and signifies perseverance and patience.
    
Daruma is traditionally used when someone starts a new business, takes exams, and participates in races, or at the beginning of a New Year.  Paint the left eye in at the beginning of a wish or resolution and paint the right eye when it comes true or is complete. It is weighted at the bottom so that it will always return to an upright position when tipped over.  Gold kanji framing the face say kin-un/sho-rai or "money is coming." The large gold kanji character fuku stands for prosperity and the eyebrows and mustache/beard are drawn as stylized cranes and turtles, representing longevity and good luck.



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Daruma Red/Success 2-1/4

Daruma Red/Success 2-1/4

  Aka - red symbolizes inochi - life and enerugi - energy. Packed in individual cello sleeve w/information sheet. Ideal as a quick gift. ...
$7.00

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Daruma Silver/Perseverance 2-1/4

Daruma Silver/Perseverance 2-1/4

Gin - silver, symbolizes josai and ouki shourai - perseverance. Packed in individual cello sleeve w/information sheet. Ideal as a quick gift. ...
$7.00

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Daruma White/Harmony 2-1/4

Daruma White/Harmony 2-1/4

Shiro - white, symbolizes ningen - best wishes and kankei - harmony. Packed in individual cello sleeve w/information sheet. Ideal as a quick gift. ...
$7.00

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Daruma/Fuku 3-3/4

Daruma/Fuku 3-3/4

 
$11.00

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Daruma/Fuku 4-1/2

Daruma/Fuku 4-1/2

3-7/8" length by 3-5/8" width by 4-1/2" height.
$15.00

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Daruma/Fuku/Kanai 5-3/4

Daruma/Fuku/Kanai 5-3/4

4-7/8" length by 4" width by 5-3/4" height.
$20.00

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Daruma/Fuku/Kanai/Shobai 10

Daruma/Fuku/Kanai/Shobai 10

9-1/4" length by 8-1/4" width by 10" height.
$55.00

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Daruma/Fuku/Kanai/Shobai 11-1/2

Daruma/Fuku/Kanai/Shobai 11-1/2

11-1/8" length by 9-3/4" width by 11-1/2" height.
$75.00

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Daruma/Fuku/Kanai/Shobai 17-1/4

Daruma/Fuku/Kanai/Shobai 17-1/4

16" length by 14-1/8" width by 17-1/4" height.
$275.00

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Daruma/Fuku/Kanai/Shobai 24

Daruma/Fuku/Kanai/Shobai 24

23" length by 20" width by 24" height.
$535.00

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