Whatever you want to call him, this is the National Museum’s symbol for double luck and persistent hope. Courtyard Kaeru is transformed into a daruma.
A symbol of persistence and determination, Daruma has come to represent wishes of good luck. The name “Daruma” is derived from “Bodhidharma,” an ancient Buddhist priest in India who is attributed with having meditated so long in one spot that he lost the use of his arms and legs. As a charm, it is said that if you make a wish when you fill in one blank eye, that Daruma will help you pursue that wish in order to earn the second eye.
Darumas are particularly popular at New Year’s, when one has highest hopes and aspirations for the coming year.
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