Education with Daruma

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Education with Daruma 教育にだるま

Part 01 of this subject is HERE

How to make a papier-mache Daruma

Oval balloons, newspaper, paper mache' paste( or use flour & water paste), paint and brushes

A daruma (a variation of the American punching bag).
In Japan, the daruma is thought to bring good health. The daruma is probably Japan's best-known folk toy. You can see it frequently in Japan, including on key rings. His name is short for Bodhidharma, a Buddhist priest from India who lived in the sixth century. Legends say that Bodhidharma sat absolutely still and meditated for nine years. He didn't move at all, and after nine years he found he had lost the use of his arms and legs. In fact, they had withered away.

So darumas are made with no arms or legs. They have weighted bottoms so that no matter how you roll them, they will always return right side up. Some say this symbolizes the spirit of patience, perseverance, and determination shown by the priest.

Blow up oval balloons. Tear up lots of strips of paper and soak them in paper mache' paste. Cover the balloon completely with the strips. Let dry.

Add extra layers of strips to the bottom, rounded end. This will give the bottom the extra weight it needs so that the daruma will end up in an upright position. The daruma is traditionally painted red, the color of the robes worn by the priests. Paint the body and the features on the face.

Japan for Kids


My name is Edoreki Gakushimaru, and I live in the city of Edo (you probably call my city "Tokyo" -- that's the modern name for Edo).
I'd like to take you on a trip through my city, to see what it was like when it was still ruled by the Shogun, when samurai walked the streets ...
Take a walk in Edo




1 comment:

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