Tuesday, January 1, 2013

(213) What is it that falls seven times and gets up eight?

For reasons I have explained in Greecejapan I feel a special connection with Daruma-san, Zen patriarch, doll and symbol of endurance against difficulties. I guess the Japanese feel the same; that’s why they flaunt him everywhere, especially as the New Year approaches. Here he is flying over Asakusa’s Nakamise-dori wishing in his own, frowning way, a Happy New Year!

(For a bigger version of this picture both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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