When: January 13, 10am onward
Where: Kyu-Shimodate Omachi-dori, Chikusei city (exit on the north side of Shimodate station and walk up the slope of the large street on the left)
Pray for prosperity in business or good luck and success with a Daruma doll, a traditional Japanese doll fashioned after the creator of Zen sect Buddhism, Bodhidharma. When you purchase a Daruma doll, you make a wish or set a goal, and paint in one of its eyes. When the wish is granted or the goal is achieved, you paint in the other eye. Perhaps you have noticed this small, usually one eyed doll in shops around Japan.
In addition to stalls selling Takasaki Daruma and Saitama Bushu Daruma, potted plants and seedlings will also be on sale at this lively event. A Daruma doll is a great way to remind yourself to stick to your New Year’s resolutions, so why not visit Chikusei and pick one up?