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Emperor Okiagari Roly-poly Doll

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5,90 €

Ojin was the first Japanese Emperor and he reined in the 4th century. Over more than 1500 years, the Emperor was considered as the supreme priest and the mediator between men and gods. He never got involved in military issues and he’s had quite a ceremonial and symbolic role. Nowadays the Japanese Emperor is the only one to have this title in the whole world. He represents protection and eternity.

Okiagari-koboshi means literally “getting-up little priest”. It’s a traditional Japanese roly-poly doll made from papier-mâché and designed so that its weight causes it to return to an upright position when knocked over. Okiagari-koboshi have been part of Japanese children's toys for a very long time; they were already mentioned in documents from the XIVth century. During the Tokaichi festival, also called the Tenth Day Market, people throw several roly-poly dolls down at the same time and the ones that stand back up are considered good-luck charms.

Okiagari-koboshi is a symbol of perseverance and resilience in times of adversity. Just like this Japanese saying: “Fall seven times, stand up eight”. According to tradition, one okiagari-koboshi should be given as a present to each member of the family plus one extra in the hope that the family will grow over the following year.

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4,8 cm, with crepe paper and washi paper