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Story of the Daruma Doll

In Japanese culture they are a good luck talisman and believed to help its owner in accomplishing a specific goal or task. They are regarded as symbols of perseverance and good fortune and often associated with the phrase "nankorobi yaoki". The literal translation is seven times down and eight times up, which is a call to never give up no matter what the obstacle is. They are always sold with blank eyes and the owner is to paint one eye in as they set their goal. Each time they see the one-eyed Daruma, it is to remind them of that goal and the second eye is only to be painted in when the goal is accomplished. One explanation of how this tradition started is that in order to motivate the Daruma to help, the owner promises to give him full sight with both eyes, once the goal is achieved.

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