The daruma is a popular likeness of the Indian sage Bodhidharma who founded Zen Buddhism in Japan.
The saying “Nanakorobi-yaoki” is associated with the Daruma, and it means that if you fall down seven times, you will get up eight times. A reminder to never give up!
These paper mache dolls are traditionally purchased at the start of a new endeavor. The left eye is painted in first, and the right eye is filled in when the goal is achieved.
Available in 10", 7", and 4.5" sizes.