Ōme Daruma Dolls Market(青梅だるま市) in Tokyo, Japan, Jan 12th, 2014

« Ome Daruma Doll Market(青梅だるま市) » was held at Ome(青梅) in Japan on the 12th of January, 2014. According to the official site, the origin of this market is still unknown . It is said that it was in 1596 or 1441. In either case, this market has histories dating back more than 400 years.

In former days, silk farming was a main industry in Ome.
Skewered « Mayu-Dama(まゆ玉)/Rice Dumpling like silkworm » through a bamboo branch was on the market to make a wish for its prosperity.
Daruma came on the market as a lucky charm around 180 years ago.

After the WWII, sericultural industry fell into decline due to the fact that artificial fiber came to the forefront. Mayu-Dama went away from the market in the mid 1950s. Instead, this market set off on every 12th of January under the name of « Ome Daruma Doll Market« .
Not only local people but people from a long distance come to this market to get Daruma as a lucky charm.

« Tama-Daruma(多摩だるま) » is a local specialty in Ome.
Here are some features of Tama-Daruma which I pick up on the explanation board.

  1. A face is painted in white, while its face of « Takasaki-Daruma(高崎だるま) » is painted in skin color.
  2. Eyebrows and beards are depicted simply which makes Tama-Daruma amiable,  while eyebrows and hairs of Takasaki-Daruma are wiry and looks stern. Eyebrows and beards of « Saitama-Daruma(埼玉だるま) » are depicted neatly.
    In that point, Tama-Daruma has a certain rustic charm.
  3. Tama-Daruma has bags around its eyes to put on an accent around eyes in white face.
  4. Tama-Daruma wears gold leaf around eyes. Tama-Daruma is blindfolded on the market. These ideas are developed to make Daruma bright, even though Darama has no eyes.
  5. Some Tama-Daruma wear human’s beards.
    Daruma Dolls are dedicated, as they put an end to its last year's role.

    Daruma Dolls are dedicated, as they put an end to its last year’s role.

    Daruma Dolls are being burnt

    Daruma Dolls are being burnt

    Daruma Dolls with Marilyn Monroe at Bus Stop

    Daruma Dolls with Marilyn Monroe at Bus Stop

    Gold Daruma

    Daruma Market

    Gold Daruma

    Gold Daruma

    Daruma in various colors

    Daruma in various colors

    Daruma with various faces

    Daruma with various faces

    Cute Daruma

    Cute Daruma

    Long Beard Daruma

    Long Beard Daruma

When
Every 12th on January
Open Hours
1:00PM – 7:00PM
Location
Ome City Hall to Sumie Cho Crossroad.

Access
Train Route from Tokyo Station to Ome Station

Train Route from Tokyo Station to Ome Station

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6 réponses à “Ōme Daruma Dolls Market(青梅だるま市) in Tokyo, Japan, Jan 12th, 2014

  1. Ow I bought one months ago. I didn’t even know what it was. So they burn it at the year’s end!? 😦 That means I need to get a new one. I plan to keep mine for display. 😀 Thanks so much for all the info. Glad to have found your blog.

    • at first, draw an eye with making a wish. then, put on a altar. if your wish come true, you draw another eye. at last, daruma is burnt next year. but, you will back to your country? it’s ok to keep it!!

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