A Daruma is a round , paper red doll that is a symbol of good fortune.
They are said to never let us down , in other words they inspire us to
never give up !
We usually buy Daruma dolls at the beginning of a new year .
When you buy a Daruma , the eyes are blank .
After you buy one , one of the eyes is painted to pray for good luck ,
and the other eye is painted when the prayer is answered .
The Daruma are then brought to a temple or shrine for a traditional
new year burning event called San-Ku-Ro (Dondo-Yaki) .
In this event ,the Daruma dolls are burned , to pray for good health and
safety for our families.
I took this picture at Hotaka Shrine this morning .
The San-Ku-Ro burning events will take place on January 12th !