In Japan, the Daruma doll symbolizes luck, hard work and perseverance. It’s a popular souvenir despite its rather grim origins relating to Bodhidharma (a monk said to be the founder of Zen Buddhism) and his eyelids (or lack thereof).
The story goes that Bodhidharma or Daruma in Japanese decided to meditate in a cave for nine years by staring at the cave’s walls. However, he blinked at around the seven-year mark and as a punishment, hacked off his eyelids. To add to that, due to how immobile he was during all those years it’s said that he also lost his limbs which explain the doll’s shape.
Fast forward to today, the Daruma is bought at temples by people who fervently want to achieve their goals. All you need to do is set your intention, fill in the right eye of the doll and only after you achieve your goal, fill in the left.
Produced by Nanaoto & Company, the Daruma Stone is a reinvention of the typical Daruma doll that was made for more “western” style rooms. It’s sleek, simple and timeless. For goals with no expiration date, this is the perfect Daruma doll to take home.
Individually made by hand and out of concrete, these Daruma Stone dolls come in gray and white at ¥7,700.
Source: PR Times© Japan Today