Teru Teru Bozu~

Teru Teru Bozu~
Hi there! :hionigiri:
Is it raining too where you live? We’ve been having a lot of rainy days and the temperature has sunken again. :sigh:
Fortunately I don’t care too much about it because I’m still way too pale to walk around in cute summer dresses and such. Well actually I already did and I guess I have to keep on doing so in order to at least get a tiny little bit of tan. But lying on the grass in a swin suit is such so much more comfortable than walking around in the city or to school and trying to get some sun. I can’t wait until it’s warm enoug to go swimming! :bling:
To keep the rain away and make the sun shine I made some Teru Teru Bozu.
“Teru” is a Japanese verb which describes sunshine, and a “bōzu” is a Buddhist monk.

In Japan people, especially children, make them with any leftover cloth they can find in their houshold and hang them outside the windwow to wish for sunny weather on the next day. Children often do them before a school trip but a farmer would probably rather wish for it because of his crops. You can turn the doll upside down if you wish for rain instead.

Traditionally, if the weather turned out well, they would draw a happy face, give it a golden bell and poure some sweet sake over it. But if the weather turned out bad, the dolls would get a sad face or even loose their heads. Some sources say that you’re supposed to draw one eyes first (as with the Daruma) and the second, after you’re wish has been granted.

There’s a Warabe Uta 童歌, a Japanese nursery rhyme about the Teru Teru Bozu that goes like this~ :swirlheart:



Teru-teru-bozu, teru bozu
Do make tomorrow a sunny day
Like the sky in a dream sometime
If it’s sunny I’ll give you a golden bell

Teru-teru-bozu, teru bozu
Do make tomorrow a sunny day
If you make my wish come true
We’ll drink lots of sweet sake

Teru-teru-bozu, teru bozu
Do make tomorrow a sunny day
but if it’s cloudy and I find you crying
Then I shall snip your head off

Like many nursery rhymes, this song is rumored to have a darker history than it first appears. It originated from a story of a monk who promised farmers that he would stop the rain that was ruining the crops and bring clear weather. As the monk failed to bring sunshine, he was executed. source

They’re very easy to make and a cute decoration for the house and maybe if you wish for it really hard they will even grant your wish so why not give it a try? Use any piece of cloth you have, put it over an other balled up piece of cloth or cotton and fix it with an elastic band. Draw on cute faces and hang them outside your window! :twinkles:
Like everything magic, it will succeed if you believe in it.


8 Responses »

  1. :hirabbit: Your teru teru bozu is soooo cute!!! And I really love your blog, you have a super cute blog <3 I am your newest follower, do the same if you like my blog too :)


  2. I love the cat one *W*
    Here in Milan we have quite a good weather, even if a bit too hot.
    I like my skin colour, so no problem with wearing dresses even if I’m really pale! I like aso when I tan a little as I get freakles *_* I love them.

  3. Wow, I was just wondering what was Teru Teru Bozu. Although, I knew it had to do with rain but I didn’t know the full story. It seems it’s been raining everywhere, but I don’t mind I just love the rain. I might do one and put it upside down!

  4. @ Eden-Avalon: I like the “Henohenomoheji-faced” ones :D although they look very sceptical.. Oh and I like the rain too :rabukuma:

    @ Ang Lam: Thank you! I’m happy you like it! Your blog is pretty awesome too!

    @ Piperita Patty: Nyaaa I hate heat in the city!! Pale skin is beautiful but only if you have perfect skin and I don’t think that my skin is perfect at all :jupp:

    @ Chani: hehehe try it! I wanted to put one upsidedown too but I forgot :tongue:

  5. I never make teru teru bozu before , hehe :p
    I love rain actually :D
    anyway, do you use a new template for your blog ? love it :D

    • I love rain too but they just look so cute :ii: I’m glad you like the new layout!

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