The Daruma doll has its origins in the Edo period (1603-1867), when it first appeared as a children’s toy. This traditional doll was modeled after the great teacher and patriarch of Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma (known as Daruma Daishi in Japan), who lived 1,500 years ago in southern India. Renowned as a learned monk, according to legend he sat in meditation for nine years, facing a wall in a cave without ever falling sleep.
The edifying teachings of Bodhidharma were transmitted from China to Japan, where they became widely revered. The children’s toy known as okiagari, a kind of paper “roly-poly” doll designed to right itself when toppled over, was painted with the face of Bodhidharma. Thus the first Daruma doll was born, and its popularity soon spread far and wide. The red color of the doll’s body is the same as Bodhidharma’s robe. Eventually the Daruma doll became a symbol used for talismans and good luck charms, and is to this day beloved by the people of Japan.
A superb selection of the many different kinds of Daruma dolls found throughout Japan, presented here in a single volume. This is a book brimming over with the unique charm of Japan’s beloved Daruma doll, with its fierce yet appealing countenance.
日本各地に伝わるだるまを約130点掲載。 解説付きで、個性的なデザインの成り立ちがよくわかる。 張り子だるまができるまでの工程や、 全国のだるま祭り、生産者一覧など、 知らなかっただるまの魅力がいっぱいに詰まった一冊です。
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