Daruma Market

When: January 12, 2015, 10am onward
Where: Kyu-Shimodate Omachi-dori, Chikusei (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, there will be karaoke and ring toss contests, a live band, a charity sale, and a lottery for the first 1000 people (everyone is a winner!) 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?

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