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Halloween Daruma 1 (Holiday Daruma Series) by dosankodebbie

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Halloween Daruma 1 (Holiday Daruma Series) by 

The Daruma, a rolly-polly doll popular in Japan, is said to represent an ancient Buddhist hermit/priest, who meditated on a mountain for so long without moving, that he lost the use of his legs. The doll is constructed by the hariko method (paper mache) common among many of Japan’s regional crafts, and then painted an orangey-red.

This etegami is the first in my series that plays loose and silly with the traditional form of the daruma doll and makes reference to certain seasonal holidays. This one is for Halloween.

Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines simple images with words, usually using water-soluble paints applied by natural fiber brushes to washi postcards.


etegami, japan, folk art, humor, daruma doll, dharma, bodhidarma, doll, paper mache, hariko, holiday, halloween, costume, playful, trick or treat, horns, devil, sinister

I am a professional Japanese-to-English translator and an Etegami artist. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines thoughtful words with simple images painted on washi paper.

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  • Azellah
    Azellahover 2 years ago

    I love it! Love the other Halloween guy too.

  • Thanks! I hope to make many more daruma characters. I hope you like those too. : )

    – dosankodebbie

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 2 years ago

    woah….double spooked!! most definately your fine work, Debbie!

  • As i painted this, I imagined seeing this guy through the peephole in the door on Halloween night. ha ha

    – dosankodebbie

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 2 years ago


  • Is that good? I hope that’s good…. :p

    – dosankodebbie

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