Friday, August 16, 2013

(370) Aizu in Ueno (2)

In the rest of Japan these dolls are called “Daruma” but in Aizu there is a local version called “Okiagari-koboshi” (起き上がり小法師) i.e. “little priest that gets up”. The idea is the same (you knock it over and it returns upright) and so is the symbolism. 

(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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