Japanese dolls - Okiagari koboshi
US $46

Three gorgeous little dolls made from ironware, paper mache and zelkova timber, from Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi.

These are a traditional doll in Japan, and is considered a good luck charm, and a symbol of perserverance and resilience. It is designed so that its weight causes it to return to an upright position if knocked over.

People buy the dolls during the Tokaichi (Tenth-day Market) held each 10 January. Shoppers typically throw several okiagari-koboshi down at the same time; those that stand back up are supposedly the lucky ones. Tradition mandates the purchase of one okiagari-koboshi for each member of the family plus one extra in the hope that the family will grow over the coming year.


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