Shine Shine Monk! Teru Teru Bozu!

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    THE BIG DAY

    All of you may have a special day that you are really waiting for. You may wait impatiently for your birthday, or for the day to celebrate your first meeting with your boyfriend/ girlfriend, or a big event that happened before in your life, etc. Just before the BIG DAY, if you would look at the weather forecast and find out that tomorrow will rain, it will ruin your good mood.

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    However, Japanese people still have one way to hope it will not happen and avoid such a situation. What do you know about the TERU TERU BOZU?
    Here discover about this mysterious cute amulet that help you to catch sunshine from your small windows.

    TERU TERU BOZU

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    In Japan, if they will have some big event in their life, they usually hang “Teru Teru Bozu” in front of the window for hoping that tomorrow will be a sunny day. “Teru Teru Bozu” is a traditional handmade Japanese doll, which is made of tissue paper or cloth. “Teru” means shine in Japanese, and “Bozu” means Buddhist priest or “bonze” in Japanese. “Teru Teru Bozu” literally means “shine, shine, monk”.

    It is possible to make and decorate our own “Teru Teru Bozu” as we want. It is believed that making them looking cuter may give them higher effects and the possibility to accomplish your hope get also higher. The “Teru Teru Bozu” was popular in the Edo era among the children, when they wished for sunny weather, often before a school picnic day. While we hang the Teru Teru Bozu upside down acts like a prayer for rain.

    HOW TO MAKE

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    Here are the instructions to make your own “Teru Teru Bozu”: First of all, you need two pieces of tissue paper and some strings. Crumple one of the tissue paper to make a ball, and then place it in the center of the other tissue paper. Wrap the ball with it, tighten the tissue around the ball and twist it to make the doll’s head. For the notch up, you can add some decorations, such as ribbons, drawing eyes, draw for them smiles, and fianally decorate with flowers, stars, clouds whatever pass through your imagination. Let creativity work to make your “Teru Teru Bozu” unique and cute before hanging it in front of the window.