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Figures of Bodai Daruma, the founder of Zen Buddhism in Japan, are seen as symbols of optimism, good fortune and strong determination. Here are some vintage pieces that are in my Kokeshi collection. One is 5 1/2" tall and has 8 small Daruma sitting on top of stacked sake Masu measuring cups. Abundance of sake implies good fortune and a group of 8 Daruma is closely associated with a Japanese proverb: Nana Korobi Yaoki (if you fall down seven times, get up eight times), meaning that resilience and determination are a good recipe for success. In addition, I have two 3 1/2" Daruma Kokeshi with the mark for happiness on the front. The standing red Daruma has the name of a Hot Spring on the back and the seller said that the calligraphy on the Daruma group indicated that it was most likely from the Shinshoji Temple of Narita.