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Anime Society Teru Teru Bozu Dolls (middle/high schools)

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Marion County Public Library

201 East Main Street

Lebanon, KY 40033

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In Japan, children are taught from an early age about the wondrous powers of the teru teru bozu, which translates to shiny baldhead (monk). Easily made from two squares of tissue or cloth, the doll is said to represent a monk’s bald head, and is made when fine weather, which would make its head shiny, is desired the following day. While the tradition is well-practiced and well-known, many Japanese people remain unsure of the origins of the doll; seeing it instead as something they’ve simply been taught to do when good weather is required, ahead of events like sports days, ceremonies and special celebrations.

Traditionally, if the wish for clear skies was granted, the doll was rewarded with drawn-on eyes and a dousing of holy sake and then sent down the river to be washed away.

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