This robust character is a symbol of good luck, good fortune, and strength. The Daruma’s physical presence is strong, and in most cases, the doll is difficult to knock over due to it’s rotund figure. As a result, it is said that the Daruma will never fall to defeat or failure and will always bounce back to stand upright again.

Merchants and shopkeepers will often paint one eye of the Daruma with hope for a prosperous business. When success does come their way, they will paint in the second eye.

People starting a new project, a new career, or new lifestyle, will also follow this practice with hopes for success in their venture.