Lucky Charms in Japan

Set your GOALS and make them Happen!

Daruma is a traditional handmade Japanese wishing doll (or charmingly referred to as a "GOAL DOLL") that keeps us focused on achieving our goals!

It is a centuries-old tradition from Japan that is positive, motivational, and fun (and it works) !!

"Nana Korobi Yakoi" - (Fall Down Seven Times, Get up Eight!)


Here are the FIVE simple steps to using a Daruma doll:

STEP 1 - Decide on a SPECIFIC GOAL you are DETERMINED to ACHIEVE. There are five colours according to the type of goal.

STEP 2 - DRAW one of Daruma's blank eyes (either eye is OK) to signify your COMMITMENT to achieving your GOAL.

STEP 3 - Place Daruma somewhere VISIBLE in your home or office so that while he FOCUSES on your GOAL, you'll be reminded to do the SAME!

STEP 4 - Once you've achieved your goal, draw in Daruma's other eye to say THANK YOU!

STEP 5 - CONGRATULATIONS! Write the goal you achieved on the back of your Daruma! Time for your NEXT GOAL with a new Daruma!



Choose your color based on YOUR GOAL!

A Red Daruma doll is for luck and good fortune.
A Purple Daruma doll is for health and longevity.
A Yellow Daruma doll is for security and protection.
A Gold Daruma doll is for wealth and prosperity.
A White Daruma doll is for love and harmony.

The DARUMA Story

Dear to the hearts of the Japanese people, Daruma reflects their determined spirit and peaceful outlook on life. Daruma’s Zen roots go back 1500 years, to Bodhidharma, credited with establishing Chan Buddhism in China and Zen Buddhism in Japan. The traditional Daruma doll represents the silhouette of Bodhidharma in deep meditation, sitting in the customary zazen position.

The zazen posture is one with the legs folded under the body, and the meditation involves clearing the mind of distracting thoughts to achieve a mental state which is totally free from trouble, in an attempt to recognize the truth by mental concentration.

Contrary to popular belief, a Daruma doll DOES HAVE arms and legs, and the legend that his arms and legs shrivelled off when in deep meditation, is just that, legend.

Daruma is closely associated with a beloved Japanese proverb, Nana korobi yaoki, which states, “Fall down seven times, get up eight”. The Daruma doll's unique rounded shape allows it to return to its original position even if knocked over, representing such persistence.

WHERE are DARUMA produced?

Most of the Darumas made in Japan are produced in the Takasaki region of South West Japan. It began in the late 17th century as a relief measure for farmers who were suffering from famine. The story is that the Daruma Temple instructed farm households to make dolls from papier mache as a way of earning extra income.

Many politicians, at the beginning of an election period, will buy a Daruma doll, paint in one eye, and then, if they win the election, paint in the other eye. At year end, it is customary to take the Daruma doll to a temple, where it is burned in a massive bonfire.


Making a Daruma