What do you do in your country to wish for good weather? Start a chant? Fill a glass with water and place it upside-down on a surface? In Japan, we make ‘Teru teru bozu”!
Teru teru bozu (which literally translates to ‘shine shine monk’) is a little traditional handmade doll made from white paper or cloth. It is believed that they have magical powers for bringing good weather and to prevent a rainy day. All you have to do is make them and then hang them by a window. This ritual became popular during the 17th century and is still used by Japanese children today. You can easily make one using only two tissues, a piece of string to hang it, sticky tape (or a rubber band) and a pen to draw its face.
It is a fun activity to have with children when it’s raining outside and/or to get in touch with Japanese culture. Rainy days will definitely become a little more pleasant if there is cute Teru teru bozu hanging from the windows.
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