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Snowman Daruma

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Snowman Daruma, Yuki Daruma 雪だるま


Before Daruma san became the representative of a SNOWMAN, the Japanese called it "Snow-Buddha", yukibotoke. Especially Issa made many haiku with this word.

- Snowman Daruma - and Haiku


Wintertime -a snowman in every yard! In Japanese these kind fellows are called "Snow Daruma"、maybe because their form resembles the tumbler doll of Daruma san. If you know another explanation, please let me know.

In the season there are of course many Snow Festivals, but only very few Snowman Festivals.

The Daruma Snowman Festival 雪だるま祭
There is a special festival called "Yukidaruma Matsuri" in Shiramine Village, Ishikawa Prefecture, close to Kanazawa City. The village is about 700 Meters above sea level and has more than three meters of snow. So since olden times the everyday life in winter is a battle with the snow masses. 10 years ago the people started to appreciate the snow as something positive and started this festival, where about 2000 snowmen are build all over the village for the visitors to enjyo the "Yukidaruma Week".



The village has only 1200 inhabitants, so there are more snowmen than people for a while! Most of the snowmen have a little hole in the stomac and at night a candle is lit there, as you can see on the picture. The candles last about four hours, so until nine in the evening the village is beautifully lit up by Snowman Daruma.
- source : http://experience-kanazawa.com

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source : nichijou.wikia.com




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nano block toys

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source : wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hirokage

dog stealing a workman's meal from a snow Daruma

Hirokage - Comic Incidents at Famous Places in Edo
(Edo meisho dôke zukushi - No. 22),


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source : japaneseartsgallery.com/tag/hiyoshi-mamoru
Hiyoshi Mamoru




Children Making Snow-Man(子供遊び 雪だるま)
- Konobu Hasegawa


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Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)
豊原国周(とよはらくにちか)
Reference


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Snowman Daruma - Beeso Daruma ベーそだるま

Look at more winter photos :
source : togakushi-jinja.jp/blog

. WKD : Togakushi Shrine .

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source : jameelcentre.ashmolean.org


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Snowman Daruma Festival
「雪だるままつり」

In Kanazawa, Northern Japan


(2008年1月28日 読売新聞)

© hokuriku.yomiuri.co.jp

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. WKD : yukidaruma ゆきだるま,雪だるま、雪達磨 .
kigo for late winter




. Yukidaruma Bentoo Box .


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