Daruma, だるま

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Daruma, a traditional folk craft, is a doll with no arms and legs, and eyes. 

ダルマは日本の伝統工芸品です。ダルマには手、足、目がありません。

Originally, Daruma is a founder of Zen Buddhism. The legend says that the founder had practiced zazen and meditation for 9 years, causing his legs and arms  to disappear.

Daruma, だるま

ダルマとは、元々は禅宗の開祖です。9年間座禅と瞑想をしているうちに、手と足がなくなった、という伝説があります。

Daruma is a round doll. If it is pushed over, it quickly returns to the upright position.

ダルマは丸い人形です。倒されてもすぐに起き上がります。

Daruma, だるま

For this reason, daruma is regarded as a symbol of perseverance. 

そのため、ダルマは忍耐の象徴になっています。

Daruma is often used when people wish for something. 

よく願い事をするときダルマを使います。

They paint one eye in black, wishing for the realization of their dream.

Daruma, だるま

願い事の実現を願って、片目を黒く塗ります。

When it comes true, they paint the other eye in black. 

叶ったら、もう一方の目にも黒で目を入れます。

Takasaki in Gunma prefecture is famous for daruma production, and there is Daruma Temple.

群馬県、高崎はダルマで有名で、達磨寺があります。

 It accounts for 80% production of Japan.

当地のダルマの生産は全国の80パーセントをしめています。

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