In Zen, there is a saying “Nichi Nichi Kore Ko Jitsu” which means “Every day is the best, every day is learning, and every day is special.” On the left side of Designer’s NEKO, this concept is written in Italian.
The sign on the front of Designer’s Neko [+ – = – +] altogether shows the Japanese kanji 幸 (means “happiness”). In life, both good things and bad things happen, but they equal at zero. No matter what happens, let’s keep looking forward and that’s the happy way of living.
Size: H 14.5cm ( about 5.7inch )
A long-established tradition as well as a symbol for good luck, fortune and perseverance, daruma dolls are modeled after the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma, who is the founder of Zen Buddhism.
Traditionally, the left eye of the Daruma is drawn while making a wish. The second eye should be drawn once the wish has been granted, or one year after the first eye has been drawn. The Daruma is generally put up high, so that it can watch over the home where it is placed.
The six lines on the front of Daruma indicate that time passes from the past to the future. On each side of Daruma, the concept of “fall down 7 times, get up 8 times” is written as a mathematical formula.
Daruma was made of recycled paper and gofun, white powder of baked and ground shells, coating Daruma's surface, it an earth friendly product.