YACHIKO DARUMA

Yachiko Daruma from Fukuoka, Japan, specializes in handmade daruma dolls with a contemporary twist. Yachiko takes a traditional approach to making her daruma dolls, using pages from 1-2 century year-old books for paper mâché. She shapes and paints each doll by hand, often with witty expressions or concept. Unlike the usual daruma dolls with hollow eyes to assist in achieving goals, Yachiko wishes her dolls to have an altar of their own in various environments, as a good luck symbol or a joyful company.