I’d like to post one more Daruma article because it’s a bit of bad taste to finish Daruma story with horror.
Daruma(だるま) is one of traditional dolls in Japan. I don’t think Daruma culture will disappear. However, honestly to say, there are few chances to see Daruma nowadays. Here are some cases which contribute to keep Daruma culture.
☆ Daruma is very busy during election season.
It’s a election period. Look at the below picture! Daruma is a indispensable companion for election. Before election, candidates draw an eye to make a wish to win a victory.
After then, put and enshrine Daruma on the altar.
If they win an election and their wish come true, they draw an eye on the other hand.
I don’t know what they do if they lose an election, whether they draw an eye. In my opinion, they should draw. If not so, I feel like losing my eye.
☆ The proverb « 7 downs, 8 ups » is derived from Daruma.
There is a proverb related with Daruma: « Nana-Korobi-Ya-Oki(七転び八起き)/7 downs, 8 ups« .This means that if you tumble 7 times, you should stand up 8 times. In another words, « Never-give-up spirit, no matter how many times you go into trouble. » As you know, Daruma is a round shape and has its weight on the bottom. Daruma can stand up by itself, even though you push and roll it.You might think, « Why 7 downs, 8 ups? Is it right to say 7 downs, 7 ups? What’s one-extra-up? ». I found a informative site(わかったかブログ:http://www.wakatta-blog.com/post_604.html) that answer this question.
Babies cannot walk just after born. At first, they can hold theris heads up. Then, they can turn in bed. Then, they can crawl. At last, they can stand up by themselves under their parents’ help. One-extra-up means this proverb include the very first opportunity to stand up after birth. It implies that people cannot live alone and people can live with their support together.
☆ Daruma video for 1-year-old kids!!
Here is a Daruma video for 1-year-old kids by a children’s nurse(http://ameblo.jp/ho194/entry-11179296088.html). Some viewers leave their appreciation on Youtube comment. Although it speaks Japanese, I hope this video helps your whining baby turn into laughter!!
☆ Physical comedy by copying Daruma
This video « MEGWIN.TV(http://megwin.com/) » shows physical comedy.
He claims not to lie on the ground by putting weight on the foot like Daruma.
How did it come out? You may think it’s ridiculous. Yeah, I’m with you.
That’s one of Japanese traits!