Ninja Okiagari Roly-poly Doll - 1 piece
Ninjas were mercenaries of the old times in Japan, especially in the XVth century. They used any kind of techniques in order to weaken their ennemy: espionage, sabotage, reconnaissance, guerrilla warfare... and any type of weapons such as swords, shuriken or throwing stars, poisons and bombs. Their nature was opposite to the one of the samurais. These mighty warriors were trained in martial arts and according to ancient legends, they had supernatural powers.
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.