The Daruma doll (達磨 daruma), also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.
These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist.
Though considered an omocha, meaning toy, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese.
Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement. The doll has also been commercialized by many Buddhist temples to use alongside goal setting.
How to use:
When buying a Daruma, its eyes come empty.
You must then make a wish and paint one of the Daruma's eye (left or right).
When your wish is realised, you can then paint the second eye as a sign of accomplishment.
Daruma come in various sizes:
Daruma dolls come in various colours:
This is what they mean:
Black: Chasing away evil and a successful year
Blue: Personal achievement and success
Green: Good health and vitality
Orange: Success in school
Pink: Blessing in love, marriage and giving birth
Purple: Advancement in career
Red: Safety and success in every way
White: New birth and best wishes
Yellow: Security and protection