The Daruma (達磨) is a traditional Japanese doll featuring a bearded man modeled in the image of Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism. The Daruma is a symbol of success, perseverance, and good luck. Daruma are often sold with blank eyes, leaving them to be filled in one at a time – first upon the deciding of a major goal and then the second upon attainment of such goal.
In Japanese mythology, it is said that in order to motivate Daruma-san to grant your wish, you must promise to him full-sight once your goal is accomplished — hence the Japanese phrase “Ryōhō no me o hiraku” (両方の目を開く) literally meaning “both eyes open” as a metaphor for the realization of your goals.
Here, the eyes of our KIN*MIA Daruma have been completed with our Chrysanthemum Seal, derived from the 16-petal Imperial Seal of Japan and symbolizing success and the attainment of your most ambitious goals. And at the center of the Daruma is the kanji KIN (金), meaning gold and representing great wealth and prosperity.