October 27, 2011: Who needs luck when you have a Daruma Doll

Today we ceremoniously colored in the first eye of our Daruma Doll. Daruma is a limbless paper mache doll with a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded as a talisman of perseverance and good luck to the Japanese, making it a popular gift of encouragement. Because of its low center of gravity, Daruma doll always rests in standing position, and therefore, it symbolizes recoveries from misfortune.

The recipient of the doll fills in one eye upon setting a goal, then the other upon fulfilling it. In this way, every time they see the one-eyed Daruma, they recall the goal.

Our Daruma curiously peeks at me with its one eye every day, ensuring that I do not forget what we have set out to do. I look forward to the day that we gift our Daruma with its second eye – it will be a day of celebration because our film will finally be completed.