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Samurai Okiagari Roly-poly Doll

Samurai Okiagari Roly-poly Doll

Code:
KP2099
In stock
5,90 €

Samurais were warriors from the old times in Japan. They were part of the military elite of the country, especially in the XVth century. All of them followed a very strict code of conduct called Bushido, the way of the warrior. Self-discipline, kindness, courage and loyalty were their highest qualities.

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.

Made in: 
Japan
Technical specifications: 
4,8 cm, crepe paper and washi paper
EAN: 
8435131209183
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