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Seven times down, eight times up! Japanese good luck charms!

When passing through a Japanese run shop, business or restaurant you might have caught a glimpse of a small and oddly egg shaped doll. Mostly red in color and painted with a stern but vivid face on it and quite often depicted with one eye only willfully glaring at you.

They are called Daruma dolls and are not to be feared! These traditional talisman are not there to entice respect of the bespoke establishment or cast away evil spirits but have their roots in ancient Buddhism and are often seen as a symbol of good luck, encouragement and perseverance towards a set goal. This makes them perfect souvenirs and presents for all kinds of occasions that require your tenacity or as the Japanese would say “ganbatte” spirit! Continue reading “Seven times down, eight times up! Japanese good luck charms!”

The 3rd KWU Kyokushin World Championship – OFFICIAL INFORMATION LETTER


3rd KWU Kyokushin World Championship

among men and women in weight categories

Official information letter

Data: November 25-26, 2017

City: Tokyo, Japan

Place: Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, 1-17-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0051, Japan Continue reading “The 3rd KWU Kyokushin World Championship – OFFICIAL INFORMATION LETTER”

KWUCHAMP: Daruma – the Japanese wish doll

The Daruma doll (達磨 daruma),

is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism.

daruma Japanese traditional doll

These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man, vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered an omocha, meaning toy, by some, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement.  Continue reading “KWUCHAMP: Daruma – the Japanese wish doll”