These are ‘Daruma’ At the beginning of the year they are bought and you paint one eye in while thinking of your hopes and dreams for that year. If that wish comes true then the other eye is painted in and is returned to the shrine to be burned.

Taken at Tsukinomiya Shrine in Saitama, Japan.

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I’ve been living in Japan now for many years as Teacher of English as a Second Language. My hobbies include photography and I also spend a lot of my free time making ‘machinima’ animation movies. These can be seen on Vimeo

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  • Kasia Nowak
    Kasia Nowakover 3 years ago

    Nice graphic image, Paul. Like the colours!

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