Make Tomorrow a Sunny Day!

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How is the weather in your area? The rainy season has arrived in Japan. So we have a lot of rainy days.

When children in Japan wish for sunny weather the next day, they hang white handmade dolls called Teru Teru Bozu (which literally translates to “shine shine monk”) in the windows.

The dolls are easy to make. They are made from a square piece of cloth or paper with a core in the centre that is tied round and round and shaped as a head.

This tradition is thought to have originated in China, and has been practised in Japan since the middle of the Edo period (1603-1868). Even today, children make these dolls the day before a field day or excursion, chanting ♬Teru teru bozu teru bozu, let the weather be fine tomorrow!♬

Thanks for reading! Wherever you are, I wish you a sunny and beautiful weekend. 🌞

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