招福＝Shofuku＝Bring the Luck
All of these designs are Lucky Charms
Many Japanese traditional dolls and lucky charms are still a large part of our lives
- 5 Designs x 4 Sheets
- 20 Total
- Front Design : Back White
- Front Feels like little rough : Back Smooth
- Paper feels Thicker BUT you can see through
- 15 cm x 15 cm
- Made in Japan
Wishing for people to have a healthy life, 300 years ago Matsudaira Sadanobu requested his personal painter Tani Buncho decorate a Daruma. The Daruma’s eyebrows are cranes, beards are turtles, the goatee is bamboo, and sideburns are pine and Ume (plum) trees. The reason the Daruma’s eyes are not painted is that when you have a wish you have to write it on Daruma’s left eye and when the wish comes true, you write on the right eye. They have so many different sizes of Daruma, the biggest Daruma is often used (decorate) at election campaign offices. Many students who are taking exams to enter school will often have smaller versions at their house.
Aka=Red, Beko=Cow in Tohoku areas
Aka Beko is a red cow shaped paper-mache and a well known children's toy. The colour Red will protect children from evil and the dots represent Smallpox. They have different theories why they have smallpox on the cow….. one of the theories is that when they had a smallpox outbreak in Japan, many children with this toy didn’t get infected with smallpox. Another theory was when they were trying to build the temple in 807, a Red Cow helped to transport the timber from a high river.
Another lucky charm is called Okiagari Koboshi. These are known as [Nanakorobi Yaoki] literal meaning of [Even though you fell 7th time, you’ll be up on the 8th time] Also for good health and safety of the family. In Kaitsu Region, the family buys the number of the family living in the house plus one more of these dolls and keeps them for a year. The Reason they buy one extra is to wish for additional family members.
Kokeshi doll was originally made for baby toys in Tohoku region. The Kokeshi doll became more popular traditional doll.
Miharukoma is the wooden horse toy with two colours. The black horse for blessing a baby and the white horse is for long life. The model of the horse is the wild horse in the Miharu area and they named the wild horse Miharu Koma. But after the wild horse was extinct they changed the name of the wooden horse toy to honour them.