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Shorinzan Darumaji Temple

Daruma Dolls of Syorinzan Darumaji Temple

Today we head out to the Syorinzan Darumaji Temple in the Takasaki countryside. Constructed in 1697, the Zen temple is the birthplace of “Takasaki Daruma” dolls used as a talisman for good luck.

On the last leg of our trip to Kanto, I and my wife, Ranita, were lodged at the Toyoko Inn at Takasaki Over the last couple of days, Takasaki proved to be a great base for visiting places we had on our bucket list, around Tokyo in the Kanto region The town is itself famous for the tradition of the Daruma dolls used as a talisman for good luck The Daruma doll is a hollow, rounded traditional Japanese doll with large eyes, modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism These dolls are typically red in color but can also come in different colors We were leaving for Nagano

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